Iowa Officials to Show K-9 Trained for Arson Cases

July 18, 2013

Iowa authorities introduced a K-9 trained to be an accelerant detection dog for arson cases.

The state Department of Public Safety said that Pogo met the public Wednesday morning in Des Moines.

Pogo and his handler, Special Agent Jeff Shatzer, provided a demonstration on accelerant detection. The State Fire Marshal also discussed the state’s future plans for its K-9 program.

The State Fire Marshal was awarded the dog as part of a national program offered by State Farm Insurance.

Officials say arson cost the state $35 million dollars in property damage in 2012.

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