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Hollie the arson squad dog to retire after six years of sniffing

November 17, 2012 | 10:41 am

After six years of helping San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team investigators hunt for clues, Hollie the black Labrador is retiring.

Hollie, now 8, is trained to detect even the tiniest amounts of accelerant -- gasoline, lighter fluid, etc. -- that could show that a blaze was intentionally set.

A retirement ceremony is set for Monday at Fire Station 14, complete with the fire chief, Hollie's handler, Hollie's veterinarian, a representative of the IAMS dog food company, the president of the Firefighters Local 145 and, of course, a "happy retirement" cake fit for a canine's tastes.

Retirement will allow Hollie to "pursue other interests" -- which do not include being roused from a night's sleep to sniff around a potential crime scene.


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Photos: Hollie at work with handler Capt. Mike Merriken. Credit: Keven Smith