Rhode Island state police have a new weapon in their fight against child pornography — a golden Labrador with a nose for computer hardware.

New police dog Thoreau, who was given to the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children task force by neighboring Connecticut state police, spent five months receiving specialized training on how to get the scent of hard drives, thumb drives, and other computer gear.

The task force has a special interest in finding such devices, as they’re usually small enough to be hidden far out of sight by child pornogaphers. Dogs like Thoreau can join in on a search warrant, catching by scent well-hidden things an officer might miss.

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