The newest member of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is going to take a bite out of crime.
Her name is Pippa. The Goldador – a Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever mix – is an accelerant detection K-9 who has “a nose up” on arsonists and will use her heightened smelling abilities to sniff out the cause of fires, the CBI said.
“Accelerant detection K-9s extend the capabilities of the agents assigned to investigate these complex, and sometimes expansive, crime scenes, and provide an exceptional resource for our stakeholders,” CBI Director Ron Sloan said in a statement.
Investigators used to spend days, if not weeks, sifting through rubble at a scene, the CBI said.
“Today, with a trained dog, the work can be done in less than an hour,” the CBI said.
Pippa and her handler, Agent Brett Ellis, will be introduced to the public at a media event at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Pueblo Fire Department’s open house of Station 4, 2201 Lake Ave.
“Agent Ellis and K-9 Pippa will complete a demonstration of their skills and be available for interview and photos during the open house,” a press release states. “Guests will be treated to tours of the station, and great grub grilled by firefighters.”
The adorable pooch and Ellis recently completed a five-week canine-accelerant detection school sponsored by State Farm Insurance.
The CBI said the Arson Dog program funded by State Farm is available to fire departments and law enforcements agencies across the United States.
“Since its beginning in 1993, the program has placed more than 300 dogs in 44 states, three Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia,” the release states. “The CBI utilizes two arson dog teams: Agent Ellis and K-9 Pippa and Agent Jerry Means and K-9 Sadie.”
“We want to help support the efforts of the CBI to douse arson fires across Colorado and put criminals behind bars,” State Farm Claims Team Manager Lydia Martinez said in a statement.
“The scope of arson goes beyond impacting insurance companies – it affects the personal and financial well-being of us all. Training dogs to detect accelerants at fire scenes saves time and money in arson investigations.”