CBP Unveils New Kennels for K-9’s at the Gateway International Bridge

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One of our port of entries in Brownsville is now better equipped to help deter human and drug smugglers.

Thanks to $250,000 in federal funds, Customs and Border Protection Officers have unveiled a newly remodeled K-9 kennel site. It’s at the Gateway International Bridge.

The repairs consisted of lighting, new cages and solar screens. All to make it safer and more comfortable to house 19 K-9’s. These K-9’s are one of the layers of defense, trained to sniff out narcotics as well as humans that may try to make their way into the U.S.

Elias Rodriguez, CBP Public Affairs says, “We have completely renovated the entire A site of the kennels. From the fencing on the outside to the exterior lighting, we also added some solar screens to help with all the heat. We’re very glad to have our K-9 friends back here. “

U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela says, “Usually we find that things work themselves out that partners in the different federal agencies and the local agencies, if they see a problem, are able to fix it.”

The kennel problem at the Gateway Bridge was first brought to the attention of Congressman Filemon Vela. Took it to Washington and got it fixed six to eight months later.

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