Matka the Bomb Detection Dog Makes Capitol Complex Debut
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's newest layer of Capitol protection is approachable, playful and welcomes pats on the head or tummy.
Matka, a bomb-detection dog, was introduced Wednesday as a member of the State Patrol team stationed in a key state landmark. The Hungarian vizsla is specially trained to alert her human handlers to explosives materials. She's the first full-time detection dog assigned to the Capitol.
State patrol leaders say it's not a response to any particular threat, though they acknowledge receiving concerning communication from time to time.
Matka's playful temperament and nonthreatening look are important because of the bustle of the Capitol and its popularity among school tours and public visitors. One handler noted how "she likes attention" so the dog will be open to touching as long as people get prior permission.