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Dennis Fetzer beams as he recounts dog Max's successful search to inmate phone vendor Warren Hall and members of the Vohne Liche Kennels staff.

Dennis Fetzer beams as he recounts dog Max's successful search to inmate phone vendor Warren Hall and members of the Vohne Liche Kennels staff. (View larger version)

Photograph by Jay Ross Barwick

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  • Dennis Fetzer is the General Manager at Vohne Liche Kennels.

  • Dennis received his K9 training at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan in 1973.

  • After retiring from the military, Dennis spent 8 years as the deputy warden for the Pennsylvania Corrections Facility.

  • Cell phones give off an odor that a dog can be trained to find.

  • Jails and prisons have phones for inmates to use. These phones are monitored and recorded, and cost money to use for the detainees.

  • The number of cell phones that have been confiscated from federal prisons has doubled from 2008 to 2010.

  • In 2009, 4,000 contraband cell phones were confiscated from California state prisons.

  • In California, it is a misdemeanor crime for a prison guard or loved one to smuggle a cell phone to an inmate.

  • In August of 2010, President Obama signed a law that makes the possession of a cellular device inside a federal prison a felony.

  • In addition to using cell phone dogs, some jails are also implementing special equipment that only allows specific phones to dial out in a certain area.

  • Sheriff Tim Miller is a sheriff with the Miami County Police Department.

  • Max is a Border Collie mix, who was originally intended to be a bomb-sniffing dog for the T.E.D.D. program.

1 comments
Bing Yee
Bing Yee

Really enjoy the show...have a Belgian Malinois I adopted from Lackland AFB last year...gotta say I fell i in love with this breed of dog...

Hooah - SFC Bing Yee (Ret.)