For Customs agencies around the world, a good drug dog is hard to find. Which is why some dogs with less than savoury personal habits are usually allowed to keep on working, as long as they keep finding the drugs.
But there are some lines that even hard working drug dogs cannot cross.
Mok and Lai, two "streets mutts" in Thailand who became "ace sniffer dogs" have been "fired" for sexually harassing female passengers and urinating on travellers' bags.
From Reuters :
The animals weren't put down, or returned to the streets. They are apparently working on a farm, herding sheep. And presumably still trying to hump legs and piss on whatever they please.
Mok and Lai had been plucked from obscurity under a program initiated by King Bhumibol Adulyadej to turn strays into police dogs, the Bangkok Post said on Sunday.
Although they won plaudits from police for their work in sniffing out drugs at northern Thailand's Chiang Rai airport, near the border with Laos and Myanmar, so many passengers complained about their behavior they had to be fired.
"He liked to pee on luggage while searching for drugs inside," Mok's former handler, Police Lieutenant Colonel Jakapop Kamhon, said. "He also liked to hold on to women's legs."
"...they were stray dogs, so their manners were worse than those of foreign breeds."