From Pound Pup to Hound Hero


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ALGONA, Iowa – She doesn’t look like a typical police dog. But Jet the border collie spends her days helping officers and a fellow canine fight crime.

“Always amped up, I have to be at fast pace to keep up with her. But she does very well, a very good job at everything,” says Officer Grant Smith.

But just three years ago, Jet’s life was very different. She was living in an animal shelter in Des Moines. That is, until she caught the eye of the Algona Police Department, who thought she would be a good fit to join the force.

Officer Smith has been working with Jet and will get his K9 certification next weekend when they go to trials. That’s where Jet will get re-certified to be a bomb detection dog.

“Most people didn’t’ know we had an explosives dog, the closest ones are Des Moines or Sioux City or Iowa City,” says Officer Ben Gatton, who also works with Jet.

And her talents came in handy last month when she helped clear three schools in Algona after a bomb threat.

“With you know on the bomb threat it would take a lot of man hours to go through a school building. With Jet, it took about a half hour to clear the whole building out,” says Officer Smith.

Adding to Jet’s impressive resume is several trophies she’s received, and her handlers know that she’s capable of accomplishing even more.

“She’s been very good, we hope to work on this year getting some more training into her track some lost or elderly, children, thank kind of thing,” adds Officer Gatton.

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