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Abused beagle gets new job at Atlanta airport
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Abused beagle gets new job at Atlanta airport

Abused beagle gets new job at Atlanta airport
Photo Credit: KENT D. JOHNSON/AJC
Murray was an abused beagle who was rescued from a Georgia animal shelter. He now has a job at the customs department at Atlanta's airport.

Abused beagle gets new job at Atlanta airport

An abused beagle is joining the staff at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Murray is a 3-year old beagle that was rescued at the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter more than a year ago.

He will start work in a few weeks for the customs department.

Murray and other members of the beagle brigade sniff bags and boxes for anything that could hurt American agriculture.

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