Manchester Airport Sniffer Dogs Only Find "Cheese and Sausages" Instead of Drugs

By James O Malley on at

Sniffer dogs at Manchester Airport found a grand total of zero Class A drugs over a seven month period, according to a new report.

According to the BBC though, one dog was particularly good at finding "small amounts of cheese or sausages". Sadly there are no details on whether the dog then proceeded to run around the terminal with a string of sausages held in its mouth, like a panel from The Beano.

As a result, the Home Office has said that improvements must be made as the six detector dogs and their kennels cost £1.25m to keep going, despite no heroin or cocaine being found between November 2015 and June 2015.

The sausages were found by one dog that had been specially trained to sniff out illegal animal products.

What's perhaps a little odd about the report is that it seems to assume that it is a given that travellers using Manchester Airport would definitely want to try to smuggle illegal drugs at some point.

Perhaps though there is some good news for the dogs, demonstrating that they're not completely useless, as 46,000 cigarettes, 60kg of tobacco, 181kg of illegal meat and £28,000 in cash were seized over the same period. [BBC]