After nearly 100 reports of strange death and euthanasia reports were compiled by Las Vegas Metro Police Department the Boulder City Animal Control Chief Mary Jo Frazier was sentenced to 90 days over only 2 counts of animal cruelty stemming from her putting down her own dog.
Former Police Chief Bill Conger who had already resigned from his post was sentecend to a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to only one count of failure to perform a duty after he had forced detectives to look the other way when the allegations started to surface about Fraizer’s alleged activities.
Many people on social media have been very vocal about this case and most are very upset about the ruling. How could an animal control chief who was supposed to protect animals and citizens be so cruel and harm animals who had loving homes? And how could the Police Chief be so callus and cold to not care about these animals or the people who love them? Animal lovers all over Twitter and Facebook have gone on to vocalize their concerns about both Frazier and Conger.
A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania newspaper has recently written an article on how closely K9 Police Officers work with their canine partners and why they refer to them as such instead of just animals that help them do their jobs. The dogs themselves go through a 14 week intensive training process that starts when they are only 1 year old.
Police dogs are used for many different jobs, including searching for people – both alive and dead, finding narcotics, and even searching for explosives; but the reason that canines are used is their amazing sense of smell combined with their amazing agility. But they aren’t just machines with great noses, they are dogs just like any other. And to keep that bond between the human and canine most departments have their dogs live with their human partners so that at the end of the day they don’t just have to live at the station house and the person goes home. No they go home together and live like most other people and their pets while at home. Only their dogs get to go to work with them!
This article is a good look into the partnership between human and dog in the police K-9 units and how they view their canines as more than just partners.