Company Uses Dog To Sniff Out Mold
Company Says Dog Is Less Expensive Way To Hunt Down
POSTED: 3:26 p.m. PST November 26,
UPDATED: 5:22 p.m. PST November 26, 2002
-- A Roseville company has recruited a four-legged helper as a cheaper and
more accurate way to pinpoint toxic mold problems.
Sydney is no
ordinary Labrador mix. She's can use her nose for detective work that's
well beyond human senses. Sydney is billed as the only dog in California
that is certified to hunt down mold troubles.
for Sydney is an FBI trainer that trains on drug dogs, bomb dogs and
arson-accelerant dogs. So (it's) almost the exact same training process,"
said mold detective Russ Collaiu.
"She does a pretty good job at
pointing where it is, narrowing it down, pinpointing it," said dog handler
"Time and time again, over the last 60 days, since
we've had Sydney, she's proven me wrong, where I think, 'no, there can't
be a mold situation going on there.' But we test to verify her findings,
and every time, she's been right," Collaiu said.
Mold Detectives of Roseville, says this is a more accurate and
cost-effective way to track down mold troubles. Toxic mold is an issue
that has sparked numerous health complaints in recent
"Constant respiratory infections, constant fever, constant
headaches. I have a splitting headache right now," said house renter Lori
In one notable case, a family was forced to burn its
home, instead of paying to remove mold.
The problem has sparked
inquiries and efforts to develop new standards for dealing with
"With the insurance companies, the lawyers, all the growth on
the mold issue, this is a cost effective way to get solutions to people,"
Mold Detectives officials say that dogs have been
used in Europe for years to detect these problems, but that only recently
did they make their appearance in the United States.