Drug finding K9 shows off skills and builds community relations

Drug finding K9 shows off skills and builds community relations. 4/11/17 (Christy Wilcox | KSNV)

Four-year-old Daisy likes to play ball like most dogs, but unlike other dogs, her ball is a reward for detecting drugs. Daisy is a narcotics detecting dog with the Henderson police K9 unit, Officer Chris Landis is her handler. Landis said Daisy is used to finding four drugs including meth, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

On Tuesday, Daisy met the folks at poet's walk, a rare public appearance for her. Her task was to track down a suspicious envelope. Resident Doris Murphy watched Daisy at work.

"It was nice to know how they work with the police,” said Murphy.

At this memory care facility, Phil Robb, Director Of Resident Engagement said Daisy keeps residents active. He finds unique activities like this for the residents. Poet’s Walk Henderson opened in January. The community specializes in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.

“Maybe we are not living in the conscious moment as much as we are going back a few years to a memory they might have," said Robb.

Don't let Daisy’s playful attitude fool you, Landis said she tracks down drugs in tight spaces where her teammates cannot fit. Landis said the team does interdiction work at places like bus terminals. Daisy checks the luggage to make sure no one is smuggling and sometimes that space is small she works really well at getting in between the suitcases.

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