Dogs of DHS: How Canine Programs Contribute to Homeland Security, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 3, 2016 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is a testimony compilation of the March 3, 2016 hearing on "Dogs of DHS: How Canine Programs Contribute to Homeland Security" held before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "The concept of a working dog is familiar to most Americans. Dogs can serve as eyes for the blind and ears for the deaf. They can assist many Americans with mobility restrictions. They serve in the military, detecting IEDs [Improvised Explosive Devices] and saving the lives of countless men and women in our armed forces. After disasters, dogs search for survivors and help rescue them. When we encounter canine units in our airports, at our train stations, or even right here on the Capitol grounds, many of us don't realize how different they are from the pets that live in our homes. Dogs have long been considered 'man's best friend,' but in the case of the DHS canine teams we have in our hearing room today, they are one of the most powerful, accurate and effective tools available to the department." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Damian Montes, Jennifer Grover, and Cindy Otto.
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