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Police in Somerset had the equine community fooled after posting an article informing the public that horses are now teaming up with the Dog Unit to sniff out drugs hidden in high up places.
The article stated that they had discovered horses have a lot better nasal abilities than they had previously realised. They also said that they had released statements saying:
"we will today become the first force in the country to launch a unique collaboration between our Mounted Section and Dogs Unit, to crack down on drug crime.
"Thanks to a new discovery that horses’ sense of smell is more acute than before realised, the Sniffing Canine Equine Nose Team (S.C.E.N.T) will see Police Horses and Dogs team up to sniff out illegal substances including heroin, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine."
They explained that the discovery was made when a police horse followed a man through Bristol town centre following a man who was carrying £500 worth of cannabis.
They even released a video that showed how the police horses were going to assist the Dog Unit in stopping drug crime.
Another quote that was also included in the article said: “Not to be confused with drug mules – which are a completely different creature - our drug horses are definitely about detecting illegal substances and getting them off the streets.
“We’re thrilled our horses continue to be recognised for their varied skillsets. They’re all very excited about this career progression and working in partnership with their canine colleagues.”
“While our dogs are incredible at sniffing out drugs, they often have difficulty detecting substances stashed in high places such as trees, bird houses, and under hats. This is where the horses will come in handy – helping us to reach new heights as a team.”
As it turns out the Somerset police had fooled everyone with their April fools joke!