officials, officers and four-legged colleagues turn out for Shiloh's
retirement party. The dog reaches the mandatory federal retirement age
of 9 next week.
The khat dog sniffed
his final smuggler at LAX on Tuesday.
that, Shiloh the beagle high-tailed it home to Long Beach to live the
high life with his handler, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Canine
Enforcement Officer Donna Kercher.
For nearly eight
years Shiloh's keen sense of
smell uncovered fruits, vegetables and other foods possibly infested
with dangerous insects that were carried illegally into the United
States by international travelers.
He also scored drugs for
customs inspectors. Last month he intercepted 70 pounds of khat,
east African and Middle Eastern plant that contains a stimulant called
cathinone. It wasn't the first time he had zeroed in on khat being
His nose for naughtiness made him top dog at the
Bradley International Terminal, where LAX first employed beagles as
sniffer dogs in 1984.