Establishment of 6 ADUs at the State Forestry Corps

Action C.1: Establishment of Anti-poison Dog Units (ADUs) at the State Forestry Corps
This is a preparatory action to enable the State Forestry Corps to activate 6 Anti-poison Dog Units, and it includes the following steps:

  1. acquiring 12 dogs, trained to detect poison baits and carcasses. The dogs will be trained by an expert Spanish handler.
  2. organising a training course for handlers of the Anti-poison Dog Units, led by an expert Spanish handler. The course will take place in Italy and will be 25 days long (a first 20-day session and a subsequent 5-day update session). It will enable handlers to learn training and field detection techniques, and to get to know their dogs. The two handlers of the Anti-poison Dog Units established by the Gran Sasso-Laga Park will take part in the course, too, and will contribute to it thanks to their 5-year experience in the framework of the LIFE ANTIDOTO Project.
  3. organising a training course for ADUs handlers and for about 12 staff members of the State Forestry Corps, who will support the ADUs’ activity. The course will aim at providing detailed information about illegal use of poison in Italy, and at explaining how to employ Anti-poison Dog Units and how to handle suspected poisoning cases. The course will last 3 days and will be led by staff of the State Forestry Corps, of the Gran Sasso-Laga Park, and of the National Reference Centre for Forensic Veterinary Medicine at the Preventive Animal Healthcare Institute for Lazio and Tuscany Regions.
  • Immagine 1
  • Jar containing a poison bait used for dog training
  • Immagine 2
  • Training course for police agents
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  • Training course for police agents
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