AUDIO: Arson Dog from Dover "Sparks" Up for AHA's Hero Dog Award
By Kelli Steele

Updated Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:18am

A 10-year-old arson dog from Dover is one of the nominations for this year's American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Brian Schad is K-9 Sparks' handler. He says law enforcement canines are responsible for apprehending suspects and fining drugs and explosives during crime investigations; their training and work environment is very different from the training that accelerant detection canine teams receive:

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Semifinalist voting in the competition gets underway today (Friday) at noon. If you want to vote for Sparks, log on to

For the third year, State Farm is sponsoring the AHA Hero Dog Awards.

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