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Louisville man helped train electronic detection K-9 in Fogle child porn case

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One-year-old Denver, a giant Schnauzer, can detect the scent of drugs in a matter of seconds. One-year-old Denver, a giant Schnauzer, can detect the scent of drugs in a matter of seconds.

OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are only four known dogs in the entire country trained to detect electronic devices. One of those dogs found a critical piece of evidence against former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. That dog started his training in Oldham County with trainer Dennis Clark.

On a hot summer day heading into the Labor Day weekend Clark is training several dogs at a warehouse. Initial training starts with the box scent method and once the dog finds what he's looking for he's rewarded.

One-year-old Denver, a giant Schnauzer, can detect the scent of drugs in a matter of seconds.

“When he indicates he'll stop, sit and stare into that,” Clark said.

Clark has been in law enforcement for 20 plus years and has been training dogs for 15. One of the most famous dogs he helped train is a black lab named bear. Bear is an electronic detection K-9 that found a memory device in Jared Fogle's home -- evidence investigators passed up.

“We're searching for things they might have over looked and that's the way he found that,” said Clark. “And that was the piece of evidence that was the strongest piece of evidence they found.”

After the find, the former subway spokesperson intends to plead guilty to child porn charges. Clark says although Denver is a drug detection K9, he has similar training to Bear.

“He's subconsciously realizing wherever my ball is going to be is where that odor is. It doesn't matter if its drugs bombs or sim cards he's taking in an odor,” said Clark.

Drug dogs can take a month to train, electronic dogs take up to eight months to train and have very different personalities.

“A drug dog may have to search 50 cars and you want him really high driven. Whereas the electronic dog has to take it slower because there's not that much odor coming from the electronic,” said Clark.

Clark only trains up to eight dogs at a time. Some dogs are passive alert.

“They smell it, they sit,” he said.

Others are trained to be aggressive alert.

“When they find it, they start scratching at it,” he said.

After a few weeks on the box method, they graduate to the hiding method.

“It's a pretty tough transition for the dog because he doesn't have a visual and you're letting him know okay, it's not maybe going to be in the box, it's going to be hidden somewhere else,” said Clark.

But the dogs are always put to work in tough conditions like in this warehouse with no air conditioning. Clark says it prepares them for real life situations.

Bear has recently been sold to the Seattle Police department. Denver is being trained for a federal government agency. The dogs range in price from $4,500 to $9,500.

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