Meet K-9 Dottie in Hibbing on World Day Against Trafficking
Sunday is World Day Against Trafficking, and Hibbing Police want to make sure there is awareness in their community.
K-9 Dottie is a part of the solution. She sniffs out a chemical compound used in electronic devices.
Dottie is one of only 3 electronic detection dogs in the state. She’s been part of the team in Hibbing for a year and a half now.
“In the Sound of Freedom movie, the main character, Tim Ballard, is the founder of Operation Underground Railroad. And they donated Dottie to us. Operation Underground Railroad is amazing, they help fight human trafficking all over the world,” explained Officer Dillinger, Dottie’s handler.
Dillinger said they’ve been busy doing things around the region, like checking prisons for contraband and checking vehicles for tracking devices.
Dottie, who is a 3-year-old English lab, can be used as a therapy dog for people dealing with traumatic situations.
Her story includes failure, too. “She flunked out of service dog school. But she did have a good nose, so she found a second chance at working life,” Dillinger explained.
Come meet her on Sunday at the ‘No One Can Own Anyone’ event, from 1-3pm, at the Hibbing Police Department.
You can also purchase signs to put in your yard to support K-9 Dottie and K-9 Chase.
Plus there is National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st, in Bennett Park.