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Asian Reporter web extra, January 8, 2022

Two dogs trained to detect an odor distinct to people who are sick with COVID-19 are visiting three school districts in Bristol County. A black Labrador named Huntah and a golden Lab called Duke can detect the smell of the virus on surfaces and will sit to indicate when they pick up the scent. (Photos/@BristolSheriff)

Dogs visit 3 school districts to sniff out COVID-19

BOSTON (AP) ó Two dogs trained to detect an odor distinct to people who are sick with COVID-19 are visiting three school districts in Bristol County.

A black Labrador named Huntah and a golden Lab called Duke can detect the smell of the virus on surfaces and will sit to indicate when they pick up the scent.

The dogs visited schools in the Freetown, Lakeville, and Norton school districts, according to WBZ-TV.

"With COVID, whether itís the omicron, whether itís the delta, our dogs will hit on it," said Bristol County Capt. Paul Douglas. "And if thereís a new variant that comes out in six months, hopefully there isnít, but if there is one, COVID is COVID."

Fairhaven School superintendent Tara Kohler welcomed the dogs saying their presence shows students, "we are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk and I want them to feel secure and safe and not anxious about their surroundings."

The dogs were trained using a detection program developed by Florida International Universityís International Forensic Research Institute. WBZ-TV first reported on the Bristol Countyís use of the detection dogs in July 2021, <https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/07/15/bristol-county-sheriff-covid-sniffing-dogs>.

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