MANCHESTER, England — Sniffer dogs at the Manchester Airport are under scrutiny after being unable to locate any class A drugs over a 7 month period. A report was released by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, which determined that improvements needed to be made in how the dogs are used. The report outlined the period of November 2014 to June 2015. However, one of the dogs was able to detect smalls bits of cheese and sausage during that time.
Although that one dog in particular is trained to detect illegal animal products, cheese and sausages pose a minimal risk to the U.K public health. The Home Office, which oversees Border Force at the airport, reflected that with the amount of goods seized by the sniffer dogs, they are a low return on investment. Manchester Airport is the third largest in England, with six detector dogs on staff and new kennels, which cost £1.25m.
In total over the 7 months, the dogs helped to seize over “46,000 cigarettes, 60kg of tobacco, 181kg of illegal meat and £28,000 cash.” As part of the new plan going forward, the Home Office wants to enforce a better strategy for the sniffer dogs. They plan on reviewing, “how particular flights were risk assessed” and determining wether the dogs and their handlers should be deployed to other flights.