SNIFFER dogs should not be deployed at a Melbourne music festival this weekend, according to an Upper House MP.
Sex Party member Fiona Patten has called on Premier Daniel Andrews and Police minister Wade Noonan to call off the canines at the Stereosonic Music Festival at the Melbourne Show grounds.
The call comes after Sylvia Choi a 25-year-old qualified pharmacist, died on November 28 after taking ecstasy at Stereosonic at Sydney Olympic Park.
A further 120 people were treated for the effects of drugs and nine were hospitalised, including a 22-year-old woman who was placed in an induced coma.
Ms Patten warned dogs prompted festival goers to take larger quantities of drugs before arriving or buying from unknown people at the grounds.
“All they do is encourage attendees to take multiple doses of drugs that they may have bought to the event to avoid detection and that is just plain dangerous,’’ she said.