Introducing the new CBSA detector dog at Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to introduce Spencer, the new CBSA detector dog at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA).

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Spencer and his handler, Officer Krystal Daigle, recently joined the CBSA team working at HSIA. Spencer is a two-and-a-half-year-old beagle trained to detect restricted or prohibited food, plant, and animal products from entering Canada. Spencer came to the CBSA from a rescue organization.

Officer Daigle and Spencer completed the Detector Dog Service (DDS) training at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec in May. The DDS plays an important role in assisting the CBSA to fulfill its border protection mandate.

“The addition of detector dog Spencer and Officer Daigle will enhance the CBSA’s abilities to secure Canada’s border and maintain the safety and security of Canadians. We know they’ll both be working hard to enforce legislation protecting our country’s agricultural resources.” – Calvin Christiansen, Regional Director General, CBSA Atlantic Region

Quick Facts

  • Detector dog teams are strategically located at points of entry across the county, serving both traveller and commercial operations.
  • Officers in the CBSA’s Atlantic Region made 295 seizures of food, plant and animal products in 2016.
Spencer and his handler, Officer Krystal Daigle, recently joined the CBSA team working at HSIA.
Spencer and his handler, Officer Krystal Daigle, recently joined the CBSA team working at HSIA. (CBSA)
Officer Daigle and Spencer completed the Detector Dog Service (DDS) training at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec in May. (CBSA)
Officer Daigle and Spencer completed the Detector Dog Service (DDS) training at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec in May. (CBSA)

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