ATLANTA– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists and a beagle K-9 named Hardy working at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) intercepted a cooked pig found in checked luggage at the busiest airport in the world.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, CBP Agriculture Detector K-9 “Hardy” a member of the “Beagle Brigade,” was alerted to the baggage of a traveler from Ecuador. During examination, CBP agriculture specialists discovered a roasted pig head in the traveler’s baggage. The pig, weighing nearly two-pounds, was seized and destroyed.
Pork and pork products from other continents are prohibited from entry into the U.S. to prevent the potential introduction of foreign animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease, Classical Swine Fever, and Swine Vesicular Disease. When entering into the U.S. every fruit, vegetable or food products must be declared to a CBP agriculture specialist or CBP officer and must be presented for inspection – regardless of origin.
Hardy is a 6-year old rescued beagle who joined CBP at ATL in 2015 after completing training with U.S. Department of Agriculture at their National Detectors Dog Training Center in Newnan, Georgia.
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