I was alarmed to hear that our City Council was questioning the use of K-9 assistants by our local law enforcement units. The whole idea of having K-9 helpers is to extend the reach and efficiency of their human partners. The dogs are able to bring offenders to bay without the need for more lethal means.
The effectiveness of law enforcement is dependent upon their ability to back up by force the laws that citizens have chosen to live by. If people are allowed to thumb their noses at the rules of civilization, then we will have anarchy, samples of which we have recently viewed. If the actions of an offender places him in a position where he might have dog teeth in his arm or leg, then he also places himself in a position where a lethal bullet is another option.
Our dogs are currently doing a fine job helping law enforcement maintain the safety of our citizens, and I certainly want them to keep on doing so. The dog’s ability to help our police officers to safely return home at night is another significant plus.
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