Bill Would Create Program to Train Dogs to Detect Diseases that Threaten Agriculture and Natural Resources

Senate Bill 3678, the “Beagle Brigade Act of 2022,” would establish a National Detector Dog Training Center to train dogs for the purpose of “safeguarding domestic agricultural and natural resources from foreign and invasive pests and diseases.” The bill also provides for an adoption program for senior dogs who have participated in the program and dogs who do not complete the training program. The program would be administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The bill was introduced by Sen. Raphael Warnock and Sen. Joni Ernst and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.