TSA To Close Its Dog-Breeding Program

Wait ... The TSA breeds its own dogs? Why?


The Transportation Security Administration plans to close its San Antonio facility for the breeding and development of bomb-sniffing dogs early next year, a federal official said.

But plans to shut down operations at TSA's Canine Breeding and Development Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland are drawing fire from opponents who say the move will wipe out progress the center has made in selectively breeding high-performing dogs with reduced risks of hip dysplasia and other health problems that can shorten a dog's service life.