U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees at John F. Kennedy International Airport said goodbye to CBP Agriculture K-9 Bobo, an eight-year-old black Labrador, who spent five years with CBP at JFK.
“We grew accustomed to watching Bobo enthusiastically protect the nation against prohibited animal and plant products,” said Frank Russo, Director, Field Operations New York. “We are going to miss seeing him in action.”
Bobo began his service in 2017 when he was donated by Putnam County Animal Control Center in Georgia. He attended the National Detector Dog Training Center in Newnan, GA. After 10 weeks of training, he was assigned to the John F. Kennedy International Airport where he served during his entire career.
“CBPAS K-9 Kwiecien and Bobo were an effective team in protecting the United States agricultural economy,” Deputy Chief (Canine) Mike Lake said. “We wish Bobo the best in retirement and thank him for a job well done!”
Bobo was responsible for 9,850 total seizures intercepting 5,793 prohibited plant and 4,057 animal products, preventing potentially 191 pests and animal/plant-related diseases from entering the United States.
Bobo’s most memorable discoveries include a shipment of live venomous snakes from the Philippines and 150 kgs. of Satkara lemons from Bangladesh. Bobo is being adopted by a member of the CBP family at JFK and will spend his “golden years” of retirement on Long Island.
For further information regarding the CBP Agriculture K-9 program, please visit the CBP website.