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Drug dog plan moves forward

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

PVUSD Chief Business Official Brett McFadden laughs after Jessie finds a small bottle of alcohol hidden in his pocket as part of a simulation Wednesday night. (Photo by Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — Jessie the yellow lab ran through the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boardroom Wednesday night, sniffing bags and nosing through boxes.

The 10-year-old “safety dog” was performing a simulated search for contraband such as alcohol and illegal drugs, a service she provides for Hilmar-based Proactive K-9’s.

After a quick jaunt through the room, Jessie sat down next to PVUSD Chief Business Officer Brett McFadden and looked at handler Julia Ford, an indication she had found something that shouldn’t have been there.

Sure enough, McFadden pulled out a small, sealed bottle of gin that had been placed there by Ford as part of the simulation.

The PVUSD Board of Trustees is mulling a proposal to bring Hilmar-based Proactive K-9’s to PVUSD campuses to search for drugs and weapons.

While the item was not up for a vote, the trustees agreed unanimously to consider the plan at a future meeting.

Julia Ford, who owns the company and employs golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers, stressed that her service is not providing “drug dogs.”

For the complete article see the 01-17-2013 issue.

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