The activity of K-9 police units in ports, airports and roads across Mexico is essential to stop the entry of pests, drugs, weapons or explosives into the country. That is why the National Service of Health, Safety and Agri-Food Quality (Senasica) relies on this police officers.
Due to the valuable work carried out by the dogs, this institution decided to retire six of them that belong to the Canine School, as their work cycle had concluded.
These dogs are rescued from shelters. They are selected by experts from the Canine School. They choose animals that meet the necessary characteristics to detect pests and diseases that might put at risk the national agri-food industry through their sense of smell.
The director in chief of the agency, Enrique Sánchez Cruz, said that the work of the canines at the inspection points is focused on making the tasks of phytozoosanitary inspection performed by the Senasica officials more agile and efficient.
He stressed that this work is a national security issue, because the purpose is to protect the food produced in Mexico.
Thor, Jumbo, Oma, Fenix, Phantom and Tony, are the six dogs that were retired with honors, as it was determined that they have already finished their cycle as canine inspectors of the Senasica, after six years of service.
The general director of Phytozoosanitary Inspection, Armando César López Amador, explained that the dogs are trained in the Canine School of Senasica where the Sanitary Inspection Officers are in charge of managing them.
Canine units perform inspections of merchandise regulated by the Sagarpa in the Federal Inspection and Verification Points located on the roads of Mexico and in the Inspection Offices of Agricultural Health, at different ports, airports and points of entry.
The most outstanding couples were Alfredo Rodríguez Gómez and his dog Oma, together they detected almost four thousand kilos of agricultural products that contained a pest known as Mosca de la Fruta.
Veronica Cruz Solorio and Jumbo, discovered pests such as Acanthoscelides obtecus, Hymenoptera, Sphenella, Lasioderma serricorne, Lasioderma serricorne and Zabrotes subfasciatus, in 2,381 kilos of different products.
Alberto Teodosio Fausto Calderón with his dog Tony, in Mérida, Yucatán; they detected several pests in 1,219 kilos of food of vegetable and livestock origin.
Rocío Magdalena Juárez López and Fénix prevented the entry of pests into 4,123 kilos of agri-food products, in terminal 2 of the Mexico City International Airport.
Eleazar Zárate Pineda and Phantom and Rubén Rangel Parra Lizama with Thor, carried out inspection tasks in Saltillo, Coahuila and Cancún, Quintana Roo, respectively, as a result of their work, more than three thousand kilos of contaminated food were retained .