Posted: Jan 22, 2013 4:56 PM by Beth Beechie - MTN News
Updated: Jan 22, 2013 4:57 PM
GREAT FALLS - Less than a year after Yancy, the only trained arson dog in Montana, arrived in Great Falls, she now has to go back to Maine.
Doug Bennyhoff, who announced his retirement last week as the Great Falls fire marshal, was the only person trained to work with Yancy.
Bennyhoff's announcement came just days after he was charged in connection with the September death of Orville Jones (click to read more).
Now, the city tells MTN News that the golden lab will not stay in Montana.
Logistics of how the dog will make it back to Maine have yet to be determined, but city staff expect to work out those details within the next few days.
State Farm awarded Great Falls Fire Rescue a $45,000 grant to pay for Yancy and her training.
Bennyhoff and Yancy spent a month training in Maine last spring.
Yancy is trained rule out accelerants on a fire scene, making investigations more efficient.