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An airport detector dog named Hardy sniffed out a roasted pig’s head in a traveler’s bag at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport this month.

Credit: Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Coming across a roasted pig’s head sounds like a dog’s dream, but when a beagle named Hardy sniffed out this item in an airport traveler’s bag, it was just another day at the office.

Hardy was trained as a detector dog by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and is part of the “Beagle Brigade,” a team of detector dogs that work with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to search for prohibited agricultural products at U.S….

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