Company helps state acquire dog to detect arson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An insurance company is helping the Iowa Department of Public Safety fight arson in the state through the purchase of specially trained dogs.

The department says in a news release that it purchased a dog named Pogo thanks to funding by State Farm Insurance Companies’ Arson Dog Program. Pogo will be deployed in Mount Pleasant.

Since 1993, the State Farm program has helped authorities in 44 states place more than 300 dogs with fire and law enforcement agencies.

The dogs are able to detect minute traces of flammable liquids at fire scenes, giving essential help to fire investigators.

The Department of Public Safety says more dogs will be purchased in Iowa through the program.

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