Iowa officials to show K-9 trained for arson cases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are introducing a K-9 trained to be an accelerant detection dog for arson cases.

The state Department of Public Safety says Pogo will meet the public Wednesday morning in Des Moines.

Pogo and his handler, Special Agent Jeff Shatzer, are scheduled to offer a demonstration on accelerant detection. The State Fire Marshal will also discuss 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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