Breed: Labrador retriever
Joined our pack in 2017
Scents: 5, including bear gall bladder
It’s a familiar story: Benny wound up in the shelter because he was “too” energetic. When he met Detective Lauren Wendt of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, he knew he’d hit the jackpot, and he hasn’t wanted to leave her side since. Lucky for him, they spend their days working together to combat endangered species trafficking by sniffing out elephant ivory, rhino horn, shark fin, bear gall bladder, and firearms in parcels and packages. Benny is new to Washington, but he's already made an impression -- there is a statue of him in the Assam Rhino Reserve Exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo. Visit and take a selfie with this groundbreaking pup!
Benny meticulously searches a field for his target during training in Fort Bragg, California.
© Patrick Freeling