WATCH: MFA Hires Puppy For Important Job

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's newest employee is just 12 weeks old.

But Riley, a Weimaraner puppy, will have a very important job.

Katie Getchell, the Museum's Deputy Director, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz that Riley will be tasked with sniffing out bugs and other pests that could potentially damage the works displayed in the MFA's galleries

"If Riley can learn to smell something before we can see it, he can help us investigate and prevent damage to an art object," she said. "Which is an amazing concept to think about--this adorable puppy who will grow into a beautiful dog, helping preserve works of art in the collection in a preventative way."

His first day on the job was easy, though--all he had to do was meet some reporters, and show them how much he loves treats. 

Riley even has a work ID:

Getchell said Weimaraners are considered very smart, and have a great sense of smell--adding an extra layer to the museum's existing protection and preservation protocols. 

Riley will be living with the MFA's Director of Protective Services.

"You probably won't see Riley walking around the galleries, but he has a big job to do behind the scenes," Getchell said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz reports

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