Indy is a golden Labrador and dual-trained drug and cash
detector. She has been a familiar sight at the airport and in the community and
has gained celebrity status as one of the stars of the television series Dog Squad.
“Indy is a natural film star and takes everything in her
stride, she is always willing to show her clever she is to the camera crew”
says her trainer Pettina.
Indy has worked across a number of different Customs areas
including Auckland International Airport, the International Mail Centre, and checking
arriving and departing yachts. She has also involved in the Police DARE
program, which teaches children and young people about avoiding illegal drugs
and making sensible choices.
Born on 12 July 2009, Indy was chosen from the Australian
Customs breeding programme in Melbourne, and alongside Isla (her sister), Zen
(her half-brother), and Jerry and was trained to detect white powders and
methamphetamine precursors. She started working in New Zealand in December 2010
with her handler, Senior Customs Officer, Chad Golding and throughout her
Customs career she increased her drug detecting capability through regular
training and also learned to sniff for large amounts of cash.
Within a few months on the job Indy proved that she had
what it takes when she found 3 kilos of Contac NT, a methamphetamine precursor,
hidden inside a package from Hong Kong at Auckland’s International Mail Centre.
This was the first of many big finds for Indy which included more than 40 kilos
of class A drugs, 26 kilos of class B drugs, 1.5 kilos cannabis, and over $250,000
Her handler, Chad says “the highlight for me would be her
Class A drug detection on passengers at the airport — it’s such a challenging
In 2016, Indy and Chad won the Regional Dog Trials then went on to win the National Police Dog Championship. Both competitions test the skills
of drug detector teams with a variety of scenarios encountered in
the day-to-day working environment. Indy took the top prize for narcotic
detection winning the Alan Symes Cup for best working narcotics detector dog
and the New Zealand Customs Cup for class A narcotics detection.
“Having the opportunity to compete against New Zealand’s
best drug detector teams and taking first place was great way to show off the
top dog skills Indy gained throughout her successful Customs career.”
“Indy has such a good temperament and is so hardworking and
obedient. She has been a credit to Customs and I couldn’t have asked for a
better K9 partner” says Chad.
Retirement for Indy means spending more time at home with Chad
and his family and getting out whenever she can to play at the local park and
“I’m sure retirement will take a bit of getting use to for
Indy, but I’ll keep her busy and she will soon adjust to days lying in the
sun,” says Chad.
Indy will be missed by both her human and K9 colleagues but
we’re all wishing her a happy retirement and hope she stops by for a visit from
Photo left: SCO Chad Golding and Indy at National Dog Champs 2016. Photo right: SCO Chad Golding and Indy filming for Dog Squad.