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Canines Find Second Career as Arson Dogs

Two of Nine in Florida Stationed in Lake Wales


Last updated 6/9/2021 at 11:03am

Heather Paul

Paul Snider with K9 Buffet

Arson is one of the most expensive property claims in the United States. Each year billions of dollars in property damage and hundreds of lives are lost as a result of fires set by arsonists.

For 38 years State Farm Insurance has been training arson dog teams to locate potential evidence of arson following a fire. The dog alerts the handler, usually a firefighter or law enforcement official, to the specific location of an accelerant (gasoline, oil, fuel) and the handler collects the evidence for laboratory confirmation. This evidence is vital to an arson investigation and in the prosecutio...

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