August 9, 2003

Star Scores First Find
Young German Shepherd Finds 37 SBIs Near ABP Headquarters

Star, ABPs mascot, used her powerful sense of smell to find 37 suspected border intruders during a pre-dawn walk with Glenn Spencer, head of ABP. The group was found less than a mile from ABP headquarters.
Sierra Vista, Arizona -- August 9 - (ABP) American Border Patrol's mascot, Star, a ten-month-old German Shepherd, found her first group of suspected border intruders (SBIs) at 5:15 A.M. during a pre-dawn walk with ABP chief Glenn Spencer. As the pair crossed over a culvert, Star started barking. Spencer looked down and saw some of the SBIs. He immediately called the Border Patrol who responded rapidly and rounded up the entire group. ABPs sensors had picked up a large group moving through a nearby canyon at 4:34 A.M. "I think this is the same group," Spencer said.

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