UMNER COUNTY, Kan. - Sniffing dogs are new new tools in fighting wildlife crime in Kansas.
Ruby, a 2-year-old chocolate Lab and Australian Shepard mix, is a hunting dog. But this hunting dog tracks down poachers. She is one of four canines used to help Kansas game wardens.
Chris Stout, Sumner/Harper County game warden, said Ruby will search property for gun powder, or human scent.
"What she'll do is run out there, make quick work of it, when she alerts you can miss it she stands up, looks at me and barks," Stout said.
Ruby has come a long way from her time in the animal shelter.
"She's actually a rescue dog from the Chautauqua Animal Rescue," he said. She spent three months in Indiana training to detect critical evidence that humans might miss.
"Ruby here will alert on a vehicle, decoy spread, somebody's bag for wildlife deer, turkey, or water fowl," he said. "I've trained her to hit on walleye. because we have a good walleye lake here we go to Cheney a lot believe it or not people smuggle out those fish."
Ruby has assisted with five poaching cases in her career. Video.