VANCOUVER (POLICE DOG) — Remember the kid who always threw a tantrum after every time he lost? Although most of this immaturity fades away as we age, apparently some Vancouver Canucks fans have not matured as they took to the streets after their team threw away their chance at glory. Police dogs, however, dispersed the rioters, with the mere presence of the dogs scaring some Canuck fans back home without confrontation. Later, many immature Canuck fans actually turned themselves in after realizing their faces had shown up in social media. Read on to learn about how some of  the dogs masterfully quelled the rioters without injury taking place. — Global Animal

The Vancouver Sun, Kim Pemberton

Like many of you I was glued to my television set  last night watching the rampage happening in downtown Vancouver. One moment stood out for me when I observed a police officer in full riot gear with his service dog partner.

An intoxicated man was foolishly and aggressively advancing on a line-up of police officers, trying to bring order to the chaos, when the dog handler simply let out the leash of the service dog just enough to demonstrate a show of force.  Seeing the barking, hyped up dog close-up was enough  to send the man scurrying away, without the dog ever making contact with him.

It was also a good reminder to those of us watching to learn how vitally important  service dogs with the Vancouver Police Department are for the city. VPD has the oldest municipal police service dog unit in Canada, beginning in 1959, and it’s  the second largest behind the Toronto Police Services. There are 18 handler/dog teams who have not only been trained how to work along side the police department’s Emergency Response Team to help in crowd control, but are also trained for criminal apprehension, narcotic, firearms and explosives detection. These highly trained dogs are raised with their handlers as puppies and after an eight to 10 year career are retired and get to remain in the home of their former police partner.

As city officials begin the process of analyzing the police response to last night’s debacle I’m sure they too will agree with me how lucky Vancouver is to have such an effective service dog unit.


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