PINEVILLE, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Carolina Place in Pineville announced Wednesday that it is beefing up security with a new four-legged guard.
K-9 Carlos joins the mall’s security team. Carlos is a gun detection dog trained by Shallow Creek Kennels. He had previously been assigned to the Columbiana Center mall in Columbia after a shooting in April injured at least 12 people there.
Carlos will be tasked with patrolling the mall with his handler for guns. He was chosen for his friendly attitude. Buyers will likely notice him, but won’t know he even scanned them for guns.
“We welcome Carlos and his manager to Carolina Place as part of a proactive advancement of our safety program. We pride ourselves on being a hub for the community, providing thousands of jobs and welcoming millions of guests every year, it’s a privilege we take seriously. We are constantly evolving our security protocols and the new canine weapon detection program is an added security measure to provide additional comfort to our mall community.
Susan Barwick, Senior General Manager of Carolina Place
Shallow Creek Kennels is a private police dog import and training facility that selects and hand trains dogs to “possess confidence, courage and clarity, without exception.”
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“Our extensive training program draws on years of law enforcement experience to ensure the highest quality of service, safety and dog care. Weapons detection and deterrence are essential elements of safety and prevention.Shallow Creek Kennels was established with the fundamental objective of breeding and training highly reliable detection canines to protect communities around the world.Our involvement in shopping center safety has been a natural collaboration, and we are honored to be a trusted resource for helping customers, merchants and mall management.
John Brannon, owner of Shallow Creek Kennels
Carolina Place is private property and firearms are prohibited on the premises. The mall is owned by Brookfield Properties.