Mercer County District Attorney’s Office Detective K9 takes part in detection dog challenge on ESPN2

Mercer County

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for all dogs, is delighted to announce that the very first AKC / USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, November 28 at 10 a.m. h ET.

The event, hosted by the AKC and the United States Police Canine Association, brings together top narcotics and explosives detection dogs from across the country to demonstrate the important role dogs play in law enforcement and safety of our country.

Only 20 dog teams from across the country competed, and the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office was honored to be represented by MCPO Lt. Joe Angarone and his K9 partner, Bela.

“We are delighted to host this exciting event with the USPCA,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo.

“It’s amazing to see these dogs in action and to show viewers their training and precision. We can’t wait to share it with the ESPN2 audience.

The event was held on November 15 at the PNC Arena, where ten teams of narcotics dogs and ten teams of explosives detection dogs competed against each other to see which could find their respective substance – illegal narcotics and explosive substances – the faster.

The teams overcame the obstacles and sorted the distractions to find the hidden objects. They were rated on the accuracy of their research, the perfection of their alert (telling the handler where the skin is), and the discovery itself (a combination of the dog and handler‘s ability to accurately tell judges where the skin).

Tune in to the AKC / USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge on Sunday, November 28 at 10 p.m. ET. Check with your local provider for ESPN2 channel information. To learn more about AKC events, visit To learn more about the USPCA, visit

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