Innovations in Security: Examining the Use of Canines

Hearing Date: October 3, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine the supply of qualified domestic canines for security purposes.
  • To discuss opportunities to expand the visibility of canines at soft targets and transportation hubs throughout the country.


  • Canines are a critical part of the U.S. government’s national security infrastructure, which are used to detect prohibited materials and assist in search and rescue missions.
  • While the supply of canines is reportedly dwindling, demand in the U.S. has soared, resulting in increased prices and a shortage in the supply of dogs available for purchase. 

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Ms. Sheila Goffe Vice President Government Relations American Kennel Club Document
Lieutenant Scott Smith Orlando Police Department Orlando, Florida Document
Dr. Cynthia M. Otto Director, Penn Vet Working Dog Center School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Document