BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – One West Virginia community has found a valuable new use for a low-tech tool: A dog’s nose is sniffing out the source of sewage-system leaks fouling local waterways.
Sable is a 7-year-old rescue dog who works for Environmental Canine Services of Vermontville, Mich.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting says she was hired under a state Department of Environmental Protection grant awarded to the Piney Creek Watershed Association.
The group tries to protect waterways in about 130 square miles of Raleigh County.
Every time Sable barks, Beckley Sanitary Board officials know she’s got a “hit” on human waste.
Beth Schrayshuen says Sable shows her team where to focus its attention.
ECS director Jim Fedders says his dogs can tackle a variety of pollution challenges, from acid mine drainage to septic systems.