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Sniffing out Arson


Dogs. They’re more than just man’s best friend. They’re capable hunters, trackers and excellent law enforcement officers. And for 25 years, they’ve helped the West Virginia Division of Forestry’s Special Operations and Enforcement Unit track down arsonists who’ve started forest fires. 

Raisy and Boone make up the K-9 team of our Unit, but don’t let these cute dogs fool you. They’re serious about their job. They work with assistant state foresters and investigators Don Kelley and John Bird to sniff out the cause of forests fires and even track down missing children and lost hikers. 

Learn more from the West Virginia Division of Forestry.