Dog patrols new home, continually alerts to family fridge
DALLAS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport said goodbye to a retiring CBP Agriculture K-9, April 20.
Reno, a nine-year-old beagle, spent 7 years with CBP splitting his time between Atlanta and Dallas.
“We grew accustomed to watching Reno enthusiastically work to prevent prohibited animal and plant products from entering into the United States,” said Supervisory CBPO (Canine) William Pitzer. “We are going to miss seeing him in action.”
Reno began his service in 2007 when he was donated by a family in Florida. He attended the U.S. Department of Agriculture Canine Academy in Orlando, Florida. After 10 weeks of training, he was assigned to the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport.
In May 2009, Reno was reassigned to Dallas where he quickly became the best K-9 at intercepting concealed agriculture goods. In his career, he has more than 11,000 total plant and animal interceptions resulting in 177 civil penalties.
Among Reno’s most memorable discoveries are 136 dead frogs, 2 kilograms of live snails, live clams, dolphin bones, condor feathers, and 472 different pests.
CBP Agriculture K-9 Specialist Kelly Maxwell, Reno’s handler, adopted him. At the end of the day, she turned in Reno’s collar, badge, and vest, and completed transfer ownership forms.
“At the end of their shift, Maxwell took Reno around CBP’s area within the airport. Since Reno officially became a pet, he was lead around the workplace without his CBP vest and employees were allowed to pet him,” Pitzer said. “While the canine was working for CBP, he was not allowed to receive physical praise from anyone other than a canine handler.”
Reno is adjusting well to retirement with the exception of alerting to the family’s refrigerator and expecting his favorite treat.
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.