Meet our furry, four-legged friend, Linus.

June 1, 2011


Lassie might have been able to help pull Timmy out of the well, but Linus is a new breed of protective dogs. As a Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP) agricultural detector dog, Linus promotes national security by keeping illegal agricultural organisms and products out of the country. Linus and his canine counterparts work at airports to sniff out potential invasive species before they have the chance to become established in Florida, ultimately protecting Florida’s environment and thriving agriculture industry.

DPI partnered with the DHS/CBP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a public service announcement and signage that features Linus as the main character to spread the message of the dangers of packing a pest while traveling. Linus will be featured on billboards, and the video and signage will be placed in the Miami International Airport as the first phase of this important outreach program.

Before we introduce you to Linus, we want to hear about your favorite family pet! Do you have a dog that rivals Lassie or holds a special place as a four-legged family member? Perhaps you have a dog that performs an important job like Linus. Click here to visit our Facebook page and let us know about your pup, and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a “Don’t Pack a Pest” luggage tag, so you can keep Florida safe no matter where you go!


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