US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

CBP Narcotic Detector Dog Retires

Release Date: 
April 17, 2012

Blaine, Wash - U.S. Customs and Border Protection retires narcotic detector dog "Ornella" this week after two years of resolute service protecting the northern border.

Ornella is four and one half year old Sable Shepherd whose sharp nose is capable of detecting marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine and concealed humans.

"She is a hard working CBP canine that definitely deserves a comfortable retirement and attentive companion," said CBP K-9 Officer Shawn Johnson. "Ornella possesses those qualities and energies that make a successful detector dog a drug smuggler's worst fear."

CBP employs dogs as long as they can successfully perform the mission. The service career of a detector dog will normally last no longer than eight years. In Ornella's case she is being retired early due to medical reasons but her retirement circumstances are rather unique.

Ornella will be placed in a caring new home by Save-A-Vet, a non-profit organization founded in 2007 dedicated to the placement of military and law enforcement working dogs after service to country and community is done. Her future will include play time, sun bathing and lazily lounging at the feet of her new companion.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021