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Brady To TSA: Get New Dogs For Airport

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Congressman Bob Brady weighed in on a story you saw "First on Fox" Tuesday night about three teams of bomb-sniffing dogs at Philadelphia International Airport failing their recertification testing.

Fox 29 Investigates' Jeff Cole reported that the dog teams run by the Transportation Security Administration failed the tests in late 2009, and other dog teams across the country have had the very same problem.

The dogs are used to sniff out explosives in cargo.

But now a TSA spokesperson says the dog teams are being used as a "visible presence deterrent" until they can be re-trained and tested.

The TSA spokesperson also told Fox 29 Investigates about a dozen dog teams at airports across the country have also failed.

Edward Turzanski, a local security analyst, sees big problems: "I would think that – given what appears to be a nationwide failure in this particular case because there are more teams that have not passed certification – the TSA has some explaining to do."

An airport spokesperson told Fox 29 the TSA has not notified them of the problems with their bomb-sniffing dogs, and Philadelphia police said their airport dog teams have not been asked to pick up the slack.

In his letter Wednesday to the TSA's acting administrator, Brady he says, "I urge you to immediately replace the three dogs on duty at PHL with certified animals so that passengers and cargo flying out of our airport can do so safely."

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