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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

CBP Retires Working Belgian Malinois

Release Date: 
November 8, 2018

Canine served 5 years at Bush Intercontinental Airport

HOUSTON – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) canine who has worked at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) for the last five years was placed in retirement status, Nov. 7.

CBP K9 Tara
CBP retires K9 Tara.

Tara, a Belgian Malinois, specialized in detecting humans and narcotics finding marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and hashish while serving with CBP.    

“CBP officers and their canine partners carry out an important element of our agency’s mission,” said Houston Area Port Director Raymond S. Polley.  “Tara has performed a mission-critical role of detecting controlled substances and preventing them from entering our communities.  We appreciate Tara’s dedication and hard work and wish her well in her retirement.”   

CBP employs canines as long as they are able to successfully perform the mission. The service career of a detector dog normally lasts around eight years.  Tara has reached retirement age and will go home with her handler.

CBP has over 1,500 canine teams specializing in concealed human and narcotic detection, search and rescue, tracking/trailing, canine instructor program, special response (patrol), currency/firearms detection and human remains detection.  The CBP Canine Program is the largest and most diverse law enforcement canine program in the country.

Last modified: 
November 26, 2018