ORISKANY -- Oneida County legislators have unanimously approved more than $10,000 for a contraband-sniffing dog dedicated solely to the county jail.
The sheriff says inmates are getting more savvy about smuggling in drugs. He hopes having a detection dog there permanently will eliminate the risk of drugs coming into the jail during inmate visitation.
The German shorthaired pointer will be assigned to the jail full-time after undergoing a four-week training.
"They're there when mail is sorted. They'll be there during visitation. And when there's not visitation going on, or it's not mail time, they'll be walking the halls of the jail…the housing units, the kitchens," said Sheriff Robert Maciol.
Maciol says the jail may occasionally borrow a K-9 from road patrol, if necessary.