Porn sniffing dogs are here

Back in April, Utah passed a resolution that declared pornography “a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harm.” While the state’s lawmakers have yet to figure out a way to make porn straight up illegal, they now have a powerful tool waiting for them when they do: A porn-sniffing dog named “URL.”

According to the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, URL — which I’m assuming is pronounced “Earl” — is one of just nine certified electronic detection (ED) K-9’s in the country, or dogs trained to sniff out electronic equipment. He was trained by the same guy as Bear, the dog that helped sniff out Jared Fogle’s stash of child porn.

While it’s fun to imagine the bozos at the police department sicking this dog on each other to find their dirty picture collections, the sheriff’s office explains that the 16-month-old black lab cannot literally smell prurient images, but “unique chemical compounds found in certain electronic components” of “thumb drives, cellphones, SIM cards, SD cards, external hard drives, tablets and iPads,” making him useful in cases involving “child porn, terrorism intelligence, narcotics or financial crimes information.” And adult porn, if the Utah legislature gets its way.

URL will be used in all these types of cases, as well as “in our correctional facility to seek out contraband such as cell phones.” Because god forbid anyone imprisoned by our carceral state should be allowed to communicate without Big Brother listening to every word.

[Reason | Photo: Facebook]