Over the past two years, Wildlife Protection Services' rodent detection team have been checking a few of the North Island Fonterra dairy processing plants. The dogs being useful in searching the large factories for any incursions or presence of rodents in a small time-frame. The dogs were able to pin-point areas of interest within a matter of hours, and confirmed that rodents were not inside any of the buildings.
The dogs are a useful tool in incursion responses where a rat or mouse has become trap or poison-shy and are almost impossible to catch, which has proven in past incursions to take months of continuous surveillance and alternatives, costing hundreds to thousands of dollars. In any large building or storage facility, dogs are an invaluable resource when trying to locate a small mammal in a short amount of time, not relying on the rodent itself to make the first move.