Jimmy, a sniffer dog trained under TRAFFIC’s programme, was accorded a Certificate of Merit by the Governor of Madhya Pradesh in 2013. Jimmy has helped bust at least 25 wildlife poaching and smuggling cases. Jimmy has helped in nabbing poachers, detecting and seizing star tortoises, skins and bones of tigers and leopards, detecting sambar meat, birds and many other wildlife contrabands.
She helped recover two leopard skins and bones from the forests of Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh on 25-26 November 2014. The leopard skin and bones recovered were from an animal that had been poached five days earlier. The sniffer dog was called in from Jabalpur. With the help of her handlers, Kailash Charar and Chandra Bhusan Tiwari, Jimmy searched the area extensively and led the team to the spot where the leopard parts were hidden in the hotel. Of the five poachers involved, three were arrested, and two poachers are absconding.
Jimmy again helped in recovering two leopard skins and bones from the forests of Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh on 18 December 2014. The skin and bones of a leopard that had been poached five days earlier were recovered. With help from her handlers, she searched the area extensively and led the team to the spot where the leopard parts had been chopped and then to the hotel where the parts were hidden, and the two of the three poachers were residing. One of the poachers was arrested while the other managed to escape.
Jackie, another sniffer dog, trained under TRAFFIC’s programme, along with her handlers, Mr Padam Singh Rajput and Mr Shivram, helped apprehend two poachers in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in October 2010. Also recovered from the two poachers were several traps for catching wild animals and six live Grey Francolins Francolinuspondicerianus. The seizure helped prevent a major poaching incident in the region.
In September 2010, Raja, the sniffer dog posted at Bhrampuri Wildlife Division, Maharashtra, helped bust a leopard poaching case that led to the arrest of seven involved. Villagers in Buldhana district had killed a Leopard and hidden its body parts. Raja, along with handlers, Mr Ansari and Mr Andraskar helped find the hidden leopard parts as well as the accused.
Tracey, a two-year-old female dog, helped recover two elephant tusks, weighing over 32 kg from the forests of Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary in Jharkhand on 30 January 2012. The tusks were of an elephant that had died two days earlier. On reaching the spot where the elephant had died, the forest officials discovered that the tusks were missing and immediately launched a search. With no success, the sniffer dog was called in from the Betla Tiger Reserve. She, with help from her handlers, Rajbeer and Rampado Sahidas, searched the area extensively and led the team to the spot where the tusks were hidden.
Peter, a two-year-old male dog on his first case, helped recover sambar meat, near the forests of Navegoan National Parkplace called Wadegoan in Maharashtra on 8 February 2014. He helped to track the two poachers and also the meat. With help from his handlers, Lalit Agnihotri and Raju Nagpure, Peter searched the area extensively and led the team to the spot where the meat was hidden and finally to the poachers.