Thursday, December 2, 2010

Life is dangerous for police dogs too

There was a story in the news today about a thief robbing a Chinese diner and running away. The police were called and dispatched one of their dogs to catch up with the thief and the dog did. However, it and the thief struggled. The thief grabbed the dog, a German Shepherd, and threw him in the middle of traffic on a busy highway. Needless to say, the dog was killed.

In another equally tragic story, a policewoman left her dog in a car, windows closed, on a hot July day. She assumed that her husband would arrive shortly and pick up the dog. As things turned out, the husband had to deal with an emergency immediately and could not reach the dog in time. The dog died in the car. This tragedy was so unnecessary because the husband could have used his cell phone to call his wife and let her know that he couldn't make it.

I think that more attention should be devoted to the safety and welfare of these highly-trained, loyal dogs instead of using them as cannon fodder. They shouldn't be exposed to situations that could prove fatal to them. They need a break too.

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