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Drug-sniffing dogs now for rent in Missouri

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Would you rent a drug sniffing dog to check whether or not your kids were hiding drugs? Now, parents in Missouri have the option.

"When we train I like to let things sit out for a while to kind of simulate something that's been hidden,” said Ray McCarty with Metro K9 Services.

McCarty’s dog, Phoenix, is preparing for her work day.

"This is the odor of marijuana, but we also train on meth, cocaine, heroin and PCP and ecstasy,” McCarty said.

With five simple words, Phoenix searches the room until she discovers the scent.

“You gonna find your gift?” McCarty said.

Phoenix looks for narcotics that may be hidden in homes, businesses or schools.

"I thought it'd be a good idea to have a dog that's not law enforcement, a nonlaw enforcement canine that doesn't do apprehension or anything like that where it's safe to have them amongst the student, so I had started it,” McCarty said.

Parents can actually rent the K9 to see whether or not their kids have drugs hidden in their rooms.

"The times that we find things, it's basically just confirming the parents’ suspicions and it's nice when we don't find things,” McCarty said.

New to the team is Coco, who is training in firearms detection.

"We see the schools doing the active shooter training, which is good but it'd be nice to have something in place to prevent that in the first place,” McCarty said.

Still going through the training, McCarty said Coco will assist in some school searches starting in the fall.

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