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Wiggins police welcome new drug sniffing K-9

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Tank and Sgt. Mike Carter. Tank and Sgt. Mike Carter.
WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) -

After around three years, the Wiggins Police Department has a new K-9 at the station. His name is Tank, a 15-month-old, blonde, male Labrador trained in narcotics detection. Interdiction Sgt. Mike Carter is Tank's handler.

Carter spent eight days this past October in Hillsboro, TX to train on the handling on Tank.
Tank spent about eight months training at Century Place, a facility that trains bomb and narcotic detector dogs. The pooch cost about $5,500, which was money gathered mostly from donations.

"He [Tank] is actually a rescue dog. He came from a shelter. It just shows that you don't have to have any particular blood line, he is very good at narcotics detection," Carter explained.

Tank is one lucky pooch. Carter said the day he was rescued; Tank was actually scheduled to be euthanized.

Now that Tank's life has been spared, he has a job and he'll have a new place to call home at the Carter residence.

Tank will be living with Carter and his family, as well as, their family dog--Slate, a German Shepherd.

He'll be subjected to monthly training and is exercised daily.

"He only eats a high protein exclusive chicken and rice diet," Carter said. 

And unlike the dual purpose K-9's that have criminal apprehension, handler protection and narcotic detection capabilities, Tank is a single purpose K-9. His scoop of training is in smelling distinct odors like marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroine.

"There is a lot less risk with a dog without attack capabilities," Carter said. "He's a safer dog to be around the public."

When traveling, Tank is held in a K-9 car which has a cage built in specifically for him.

Carter's worked at the police department for seven years. He's also spent two years on the Stone County and Wiggins Narcotics Task Force.

As for Tank, he's already got a few weeks of patrolling under his collar.

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