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K-9 academy trains dogs to sniff out guns

"Leo" is trained to sniff out firearms. (Source: KATV) "Leo" is trained to sniff out firearms. (Source: KATV)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) -

Dogs are being trained in central Arkansas to use the sense of smell to detect firearms.

According to KATV, the Little Rock K-9 Academy has been training a Labrador named "Leo" to find the weapons.

Over the last six weeks, "Leo" has been trained to find narcotics that include heroin, marijuana, and cocaine. But with the new addition of firearm detection training, "Leo" will be able to add more to the list of tricks he can perform.

"The odors we want them to detect is something they enjoy retrieving so it’s just a big game to the dog," said Tony Smith, owner and operator of the academy.

As soon as next week, "Leo" will be paired up with a school resource officer in the White Hall School District.

Smith continued to say, "With the recent increase with guns in schools and kids and teachers being assaulted with firearms, I think they are taking a proactive approach of this problem in their district."

This pairing comes just a week after a student at the school was found with a loaded gun on a school bus. 

Smith says the trained dog will set the district back anywhere from $7,000 to $9,000.

This is not the first time the Little Rock K-9 Academy has trained a dog to be used in school. They also trained a dog to sniff out narcotics and guns for the school district in Conway.

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