Hometown Heroes

Meet Huntsville’s Newest Crimefighter

Man’s best friend is proving to be even more valuable than we ever thought. Banner, a black lab, is the newest member of Huntsville’s Internet Crimes Against Children. As a trained electronic eetection canine, Banner will be able to sniff out anything from a MicroSD card to a thumb drive, things that can be used to hide child pornography.

Lt. Donny Shaw with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said that Banner is the first electronic detection canine in Alabama. These dogs have been used in other places, though, like when agents raided the home of former Subway spokesman, Jared Fogle. In that instance, the search dog found a hidden thumb drive in Fogle’s home.

Each dog goes through hundreds of hours of training in order to learn how to sniff out electronic devices. 
According to Rocket City Now, Banner is also a therapy dog for those who work in the sheriff’s office.
He’s cute. He’s cuddly. But, if you’re hiding things on electronic devices you shouldn’t have in the first place, he’s coming for you.

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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