Benny, a Labrador retriever, works with Detective Lauren Wendt as they check out cargo and try to find items Wendt has hidden — two elephant ivory pieces, two rhino horns and a firearm.  Benny is the first canine to detect illegal wildlife products.  Once he finds one of the hidden pieces, Wendt rewards him with one of his favorite toys, a ball.  (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
Benny, a Labrador retriever, works with Detective Lauren Wendt as they check out cargo and try to find items Wendt has hidden -- two elephant ivory pieces, two rhino horns and a firearm. Benny is the first canine to detect illegal wildlife products. Once he finds one of the hidden pieces, Wendt rewards him with one of his favorite toys, a ball. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
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Meet Benny the dog, Washington’s newest weapon in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking

As a major port state, Washington is a thoroughfare for animal shipments both legal and illegal. Now it has an enthusiastic, four-legged weapon against smugglers.

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