08/06/2010

PETA: PDs should adopt dogs, not breed more K-9s

The Dept. wants to buy 3,000 dogs from breeders to increase its force of K-9s

By Ingrid E. Newkirk
The Washington Times

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that it wants to buy 3,000 dogs from breeders to increase its force of canines that sniff out explosives, cash and drugs. Thousands of homeless dogs languishing in animal shelters across our country would make excellent candidates for the program. Homeland Security should follow the lead of the Hearing Ear Dog Program and many police departments and fill its ranks with dogs adopted from shelters and breed rescue groups.

Instead, it plans to pay breeders to produce yet more dogs - and not just 3,000. As just 20 percent of dogs who are selected for service programs successfully complete the training process, this plan will result in another 15,000 dogs that have no hearth rug on which to lie and no one to take them to the park.

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