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United States is short on bomb-sniffing dogs; relies on importing animals from overseas
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It has been a "struggle" for people to get their hands on explosive detection dogs since the early 2000s due to global demand for the canines outstripping supply, Cynthia Otto, executive director of the University of Pennsylvania's PennVet Working Dog Center, told FOX Business.
That struggle was further exacerbated around 2013 when the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) disbanded its breeding program.
"It became really obvious that we didn't have another reliable source, particularly in the U.S., to provide the dogs," said Otto, who testified before Congress in 2016 on the matter.
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Currently, the United States relies on other countries, with the majority of dogs coming from Eastern Europe and even Mexico, according to Otto.