Biosecurity New Zealand is looking for help from the public to name one of its new detector puppies.
Specially bred to sniff out fruit and other unwanted biosecurity items carried by international passenngers at airports and ports, the male beagle was born to working dogs Gale and Gina on March 5, along with six siblings.
“We’re looking for a name beginning with ‘M’, as the puppy is part of the M-litter – the 36th beagle little we’ve produced under Biosecurity NZ’s detector dog breeding programme,” says detection technology manager for Biosecurity NZ, says Brett Hickman.
Brett says the programme produces sniffer dogs ideally suited for biosecurity.
“Our beagles can detect a wide range of odours and they have a strong drive to find risk items. This makes them a valuable biosecurity tool, although by no means the only thing we use to protect New Zealand’s borders from invasive pests and diseases.”
The public has until April 19 to send in their name suggestions through Biosecurity NZ’s detector dog Facebook page.