TWO new quarantine detector dogs are being put through their paces at Perth domestic airport terminals to help sniff out potential threats to the state’s agriculture and food sector.
The new Labradors, Molly and Sam, joined the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Quarantine WA service detector dog unit earlier this month, replacing two retiring dogs, Oscar and Charlie Brown.
Molly and Sam have come from Sydney where they have been training for 10 weeks.
Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the Quarantine WA service worked hard to maintain WA’s biosecurity status by preventing the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds found in other States and Territories of Australia.
“The detector dog unit is one example of this work,” Mr Lewis said.
“The unit has six dogs who work in shifts at the Perth domestic airport meeting passengers off flights and checking luggage for unwanted items such as fruit and vegetables, honey and plant material.”
There were more than 4000 intercepts of risk material at the airport last financial year, including 68 large bananas, 10kg of honey, 29 mangoes, 10kg of eggplant and 46kg of cassava.