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Beloit dog retires from fire-department duty

Published On: Oct 31 2013 06:46:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 07:50:16 PM CDT

Molly (left), Glory (right)

BELOIT, Wis. -

A Beloit service dog hung up her leash Thursday.

After 10 years of working with the Beloit Fire Department, 12-year-old Molly is retiring. For her special day, she was treated to a piece of cake.

Molly's handler, Lt. Keith Lynn, said her work as an Accelerant Detection K-9 has led to about 15 arson convictions.

She’s being taken out of service so she can spend time being a regular dog. She will continue to live with her handler's family on their horse farm.

Molly is being replaced by Glory, a 19-month-old yellow Lab.

Lynn said Glory went through a yearlong program to be an assistance K-9 to help children with disabilities, but was considered too rambunctious for that program. She was then placed in a monthlong arson program.

Glory and Lynn then went through a four-week training program together where the dogs are trained to look for accelerant trace evidence that's left behind in the debris.

Fire investigators said the dogs help them cut down on time they spend at scenes looking for evidence. The dogs also cut down on the amount of evidence they have to collect, which helps the department save money on evidence-processing costs.

Accelerant detection K-9s work in a food-reward system, which means they continue to train every day.

Glory has only been working a few weeks, but so far she's been on five fire scenes. She's expected to work with Lynn for the next seven to eight years.

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