SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
Nessie, the Orlando Fire Department’s arson-detecting dog, retrieved kudos this month when she helped investigators crack an arson case in Orange County.
It was a first for the 3-year-old canine, who has been with the agency since April. Nessie, who is trained to detect fire-starting substances, was called Feb. 7 to search a house on Cattail Court that suffered “extensive damage” in a fire the night before.
Her powerful nose alerted detectives to areas around the home where fire accelerants were present, Cpt. Jason Herrman of the Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosives said in an email to the Fire Department Feb. 8, commendingthe department for Nessie’s work.
“Nessie was instrumental in assisting detectives in locating multiple areas of origin within the severely damaged home,” he said.