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TAMPA (FOX 13) – There is a new line of defense with Tampa International Airport’s newest K-9 officer, who is far more than the typical bomb-sniffing dog.

Anya, a the 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, is part of a brand new class of highly trained explosive-detection dogs that are able to identify and track a bomb through an airport, similar to the way a bloodhound tracks people.

“Being at a distance she doesn’t have to go up to an object and sniff. She can detect explosives at a distance. She walks through a crowd and is able to detect and take her partner to the explosives,” explained TIA Police Sgt. Jeff Browning. “That’s a big thing.”