INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Investigators are getting help from a four-legged friends in theaftermath of a downtown fire.
A seven-year-old black lab named Bailey has been working at thedestroyed apartment development for the past couple days helpinginvestigators sniff out clues.
Bailey started out his life in public service as a seeing eyedog but needed a career change.
"He flunked out because of his distraction to cats," FireMarshall Michael Wilson with the Warsaw Fire department said.
Now he spends his days with Wilson helping scour fire sceneslike the destroyed the apartment development Cosmopolitan on theCanal.
Bailey is only the ATF certified accelerant detection dog inIndiana. There are 72 in the country.
"Ready to go to work," Wilson asked Bailey. "Now when they findwhat they are trained to be looking for and sniffing for, their jobis to sit. You will usually see a wag of the tail with him."
Wilson squeezed out three drops of ignitable liquid on randomitems to demonstrate how Bailey sniffs out clues forinvestators.
Bailey's nose works better than any laboratory equipment andsaves investigators a lot of time.
"He will pinpoint within an inch. We then mark that area for theevidence technician to be able to pull his evidence to send off toa criminal laboratory," Wilson said.
Bailey works so hard because he knows dinner is coming.
"With him being on food reward, the only way that the canineeats each week is when he works. He doesn't eat out of a bowl andnever has any human food," Wilson said.
Bailey works about 50 to 60 fire scenes a year.
He has combed almost every inch of the destroyed complex butthere are still some spots that are too dangerous.
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