Charlotte, N.C. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Port of Charlotte welcomed agriculture canine "River" to the Port of Charlotte this month. River, an 18-month-old rescue dog, joined the ranks of CBP's beagle and beagle mixed dogs working in international arrival terminals throughout the nation.
River met her handler at U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Detector Dog Training Center located in Newnan, Georgia while working through 12 weeks of intensive training. After graduation they returned to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and began to do what River does best; find contraband.
"River is a great addition to the CBP family in the Port of Charlotte and we are excited to have her join us in our day-to-day activities in identifying potential prohibited agriculture products entering the U.S.," said Barry Chastain, assistant port director.
River and other agriculture detector dogs are trained by USDA for CBP and other agencies specifically in the identification of agriculture products. CBP narcotics, explosives and human detector dogs are trained at the CBP facilities in Front Royal, Virginia and El Paso, Texas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.