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article imageSouth Africa’s Top Drug Sniffer Dog Retires

By Christopher Szabo     Dec 31, 2009 in Crime
South Africa’s top sniffer dog, a golden cocker spaniel, said to make grown men quake with fear, retires today after nearly a decade serving as a top cop dog. Emma’s nose led to drug captures worth six million dollars.
Emma was called the ”pride of the SA Police Service (SAPS)” by spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach, the Daily Dispatch reported:
Drug lords and drug dealers in Gauteng feared her. During her years in police service Emma has assisted in closing down 12 drug laboratories and putting more than 350 drug dealers behind bars in Gauteng.
(Gauteng is the country's most industrialised province, including both Johannesburg and Pretoria.)
Emma’s nose led to some six million dollars’ worth of drugs. Her crime-fighting partner, Inspector Leonard De Jager, trained Emma from when she was a puppy.
The value of the drugs that Emma sniffed out added up to around R60million. Emma has received trophies for the most drug arrests in Pretoria, for the best drug dog, as well as for the dog with the most arrests involving violent crimes, such as house robberies and hijackings, both of which are very common in South Africa.
The canine crime hunter has also received an award for the most searches done in open fields, vehicles and buildings.
Her partner in fighting crime, Inspector Leonard De Jager, trained Emma from when she was a puppy. When asked what he would miss most about working with the cocker spaniel, De Jager said she would stick her head out the back window, and he would reach back and Emma would press her small nose into his palm.
Because De Jager has dogs of his own at home, he has had to find Emma a place to stay, but this poses no problem, as it will be at the house of one of his best friends so he can visit any time.
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