Dixie the DVD Dog
Trading standards have a new weapon against conmen selling fake DVDs in the form of a sniffer dog trained to find hidden stock.
One-year-old Dixie is introduced to the wider trading standards community today at the Trading Standards Institute annual Conference with a demonstration of her skills; she can detect even a small fragment of the plastics used in DVDs hidden out of sight.
Dogs like Dixie could have a huge impact on trading standards’ ability to crack down on sales of bootleg DVDs; although she can’t distinguish between legal and counterfeit discs, her skills enable large areas to be scanned within minutes rather than hours or days.
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15 June 2010