Anti-piracy pooches are rushing to the MPAA's rescue.
Two specially trained Labradors recently uncovered thousands of bootlegged DVDs during police raids in Queens, NY., according to the Motion Picture Assoc. of America. In addition to the scores of bogus films, the raids netted three arrests.
Three-year-olds, Lucky and Flo, are believed to be the first dogs trained to recognize the polycarbonate scent of optical discs, according to the Motion Picture Assoc. of America.
To teach the dogs to track down the discs, the polycarbonate scent was placed on tennis balls, which were then hidden. The dogs were taught to find the balls even when obscured by other smells, according to the MPAA.
Since CDs are also made of polycarbonate, the dogs are unable to distinguish between them and DVDs. Of course, they also can't tell the difference between pirated and legitimate DVDs.
The Queens bust was their first assignment in the U.S. after helping locate more than $3.5 million worth of pirated DVDs in Malaysia and the Philippines earlier this year. The pups were so successful in Malaysia that movie pirates there wanted them dead.
They put a bounty on their heads of 100,000 Malaysian Ringgit or about $30,000.
"Our goals for Lucky and Flo in the future are to continue to introduce them to government and Customs officials around the world in order to garner interest and demand for these amazing pups," the MPAA said in a statement. "We are hoping other officials at airports, borders and ports will look into training more dogs as a powerful tool to keep counterfeited discs from entering their borders."