I am posting some adds ain our local paper nd whatnot to find a home for a little black lab that is in the rescue where I volunteer.
In doing so, I received an email that basically told me that this guy worked for our local police department and he finds shelter dogs throughout the US to send to other police departments as "explosive detection" or "narcotics detection" dogs. He said he needed to send 5 labs to Florida (we are in Utah) and that they needed to have a high "play drive".
He said some strange things and awkward sentences which made me think it was not real, but now I am thinking it probably was somewhat real. Oh, by the way, I told him we were not interested and that this dog will be finding a nice family to live with.
But, has anyone heard about this?? He says that he finds dogs with good temperments that can be taught in 6 weeks to find "toys" and they then find other items. He says they just need to have a high "play drive" and that he just spends time playing games with the dogs and then sending them to their new home. I don't believe it.
What I THINK is that these dogs are used as dogs to go in and detonate explosives, or something. I don't know. His story didn't match up as his address for the police department was wrong, etc..
Is this something anyone is familiar with ????? Now I am just curious to see if this guy is for real. He is NOT getting the dog.
Actually many drug sniffing and bomb sniffing dogs are rescues... I remmber that from watching animal planet. The agencies that work with them go to shelters and screen the dogs for drive, energy level, intensity, etc. Dogs that have been dropped off for being 'too much' for their owners oftne make the best choices.
I guess sometimes you gotta go with your gut. I mean it is true I've seen it before, animals taken from shelters for police dogs. You never know he could have been from a lab or something wanting to do animal testing. I know that sounds wacky but a friend of mine is totally convinced her and her neighbors dog were stolen out of their fenced in backyard for a lab.
I understand your concern, but reality is that polive dogs are part of a family. My brother-in-law is a police officer with a canine partner. Cody lives at home with him, and is treated like a king. For these dogs to be their best, they have to bond with their partners at the highest level. Jack would do anything to keep his dog safe, he is truly his child and best friend. Cody loves his job. So much that when these dogs retire, the do fake missions to fulfill the dog's need to serve.
If you knew that all the dogs were treated like kings, that would be such a rewarding job to have! To get to go pick dogs out of shelters that fit your program, knowing they were about to be spoiled companions... It would be rewarding.
We have officers come into the Humane Society all the time looking for high toy drive dogs around 40+ pounds. They have volunteers come by on a regular basis to check the dogs out. I would definately check the guy out but it is not unusual.
Thanks for posting that link to the story with the pit bull it was awesome!! Most bullies would do great with any kind of job but no one will give them a chance.
Your rescue should consider this... I have a friend whose father was a K-9 cop, he had GSD's. The dog will live a wonderful life.. think about it, it wont be locked up all day long while theire at work, it will go to work with this guy. My friends father trained his dogs himself... the dog spent the day with him, slept on his bed at night, played ball in the yard... etc.. The only diff is that the dog will be highly trained to do a job.. By turning this guy down, your dogs could be missing out on a wonderful life. From a bum on the streets to a sniffing out bombs and drugs.. how awesome is that?! :)
Edited to say that my friends father always kept his working K-9s when they got to old and had to retire... but others, he said, most often times coworkers adopted the retired dogs.
***Edited By: SWWesties on 6/9/2006 8:49:52 PM*** Reason: ..
Yes, police departments do find dogs from shelters for the drug, bomb, etc. detection dogs.
They do need a high play drive to do their job well.
Our police departments go to our shelters and find some dogs. My county's police department rescued a female yellow Lab for their drug detection dog, she is VERY good at what she does. She has one some awards too.
But if you don't feel comfortable then don't give them the dogs. Plus if they're from Florida and you're from Utah than that does seem kind of odd since they can find plenty of dogs in their state.
Yeah, I agree that it could be a really nice life, Scout. I don't have much sway with the owner of the shelter on the types of homes the dogs go to, so I figure it's her gig, and her decision. BUT, if I was the decision maker, I would seriously consider it. They would get to play "games" all day, looking for things. But yeah, we are passing on this, but I now have a good contact, so as I am out there in the dog world, I could maybe help this guy find one in the future.