Labrador Kane gives lesson on Customs

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 07:19 11/04/2014
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SNIFF AND SEARCH: Customs officer Rob Gillanders' dog, Kane sniffs out a prop bag student Keegan holds with shredded cash in it.

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South Canterbury Community College students were given a serious lesson by a furry friend.

Customs officer Rob Gillanders and Kane the labrador visited students to teach them about Customs and sniffer dog jobs, and how drugs can not only affect their health but international travel as well.

The demonstration is part of the Dare (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programme and it was the first time it had been held at the community college.

College youth advisor Glen Bishop said bringing the dog in was a brilliant way for the students to learn, as "nothing beats a cute dog".

During the presentation, students saw photographic evidence of what 10 years of methamphetamine use will do to you and heard stories about people carrying drugs being stopped by Customs and denied access into overseas countries and future travel.

They also got the chance to interact with Kane, who is currently trained to sniff out money, and see what it takes to be a Customs dog handler.

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- The Timaru Herald

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