URL: The internet crime sniffing 'porn dog'

Say hello to a new internet crime sniffing K-9.

URL, a 16-month-old black Labrador is Utah’s first Electronic Detection K-9, or what some may jokingly refer to as Utah’s first “porn dog" has joined the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

URL was recently acquired from Jordan Detection K-9 in Greenfield, Indiana. He is only one of nine certified ED K-9s in the country, and the only one in the western states region. URL comes from the same trainer as Bear, the ED K-9 who played a key role in the arrest of Subway pitchman, Jared Fogle, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

URL is highly trained to sniff out electronic storage devices such as thumb drives, cellphones, SIM cards, SD cards, external hard drives, tablets and iPads.

“URL does not actually search for illegal materials, but rather his highly sensitive nose has been trained to detect the unique chemical compounds found in the certain electronic components,” the release states.

Rescued from a shelter when he was a puppy, URL went through six months of training in Indiana before becoming certified. His handler, Detective Cam Hartman, also received nine days of expert training and the pair will have to be re-certified on an annual basis.

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