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08/26/2015 01:54 pm ET Updated Jan 04, 2017

Meet The 'Porn-Sniffing' Dog Who Busted Jared Fogle For Child Porn

Making McGruff the Crime Dog proud.

Investigators in the case against former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, who pleaded guilty last Wednesday to "unlawful commercial sexual acts" with minors and possession of child pornography, had a secret weapon: a "porn-sniffing" dog.

OK, the dog doesn't literally sniff out porn; he sniffs out electronics. But there is often porn on them.

Bear, a 2-year-old black lab rescue, has been trained to track down hidden flash drives and other devices that might contain illicit material. According to NBC, only four other dogs in the U.S. have the unique ability. 

"I thought I was being punked, but it does work," Steven DeBrota, the lead prosecutor on the Fogle case, told NBC in a segment on Bear featured Wednesday.

And according to the dog's handler Todd Jordan, Bear -- whose training took just four months -- is indispensable in taking a bite out of crime.

"You think about investigators going into a house and trying to find a micro SD card that is as big as a finger nail," Jordan told CBS4, explaining how easily a human might overlook the drive. "It will take investigators hours, especially if someone is trying to hide it."

Jared Fogle (C) is led from federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana August 19, 2015.
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Jared Fogle (C) is led from federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana August 19, 2015.

Prosecutors recovered a considerable amount of digital media from Fogle's house, including 16 smartphones, five basic cellphones, five MP3 players, five tablets, six laptops, one desktop computer, six hard drives, five cameras, 10 flash drives, 10 memory cards, 46 CDs and 22 DVDs.

According to ABC6, one of those flash drives -- sniffed out by Bear -- proved critical to the investigation.

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