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Explosive-Detecting Canine Retires After Spending His Career Keeping Travelers Safe

By Steve Neavling

TSA celebrated the career and retirement of Bruno, a 4-year-old Labrador retriever who was trained as an explosive detection canine, and his handler Kathy, during a retirement ceremony. 

Bruno was trained as a passenger screening canine (PSC) to detect explosives and explosive materials. 

Since October 2019, Bruno and his handler Kathy have screened thousands of travelers and their belongings for potential security threats at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, where he spent his entire career.

“TSA canines like Bruno are premiere security ambassadors and a favorite of travelers who depart HNL,” TSA Federal Security Director Jenel Chang said in a statement. “We are most proud of the work that Bruno and Kathy have done together to secure the transportation network. We wish them Aloha as they move onto the next phase of their lives together.”

TSA officers gifted Bruno more than 100 squeaky tennis balls, and he was presented with an edible, dog-friendly cake. 

Bruno is 4 years old and will continue to live with Kathy as he transitions into his retirement. 

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Migrants in 3 Separate Incidents

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents rescued 22 migrants trapped in multiple locked rail cars in Texas early Thursday morning.

Agents from the Del Rio Sector were conducting train check operations shortly before 1 a.m. when a service canine alerted them to four sealed car-pack railroad cars in Uvalde. Agents had to use bolt cutters to open the rail cars. 

The migrants were from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. 

In separate cases Tuesday, Border Patrol agents found a total of 34 migrants inside a U-Haul trailer and semi-truck with very little ventilation in the El Paso-La Cruces region. They also seized a shotgun, an AK-47 rifle, a flare gun, ammunition and other weapons in the trunk of a “scout vehicle escorting the load,” CBP said in a news release. 

Agents seized weapons from a “scout vehicle.” Photo: CBP