Supreme Court Says K-9 Dog's Sniff Constituted Probable Cause

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State of Florida in a case deciding that police dog Aldo’s sniff constituted probable cause for Liberty County K-9 Officer William Wheetley to search Clayton’s Harris’s vehicle for illegal drugs.

The decision is important to law enforcement officers throughout the nation because it clarifies the legal standards governing their reliance on drug detection dogs.

The Supreme Court reversed the Florida Supreme Court’s judgment and declared that because training records established Aldo’s reliability in detecting drugs and Harris failed to undermine that showing, they agreed with the trial court that Wheetley had probable cause to search Harris’s truck.

Attorney General Pam Bondi says this victory is paramount to preserving Florida’s law enforcement officers’ ability to use police dogs.