- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - An attempt by a southwest Idaho city to save money by transforming shelter dogs and a dog obtained on Craigslist into police dogs hasn’t worked out as planned, with two of the three dogs washing out.

“The instructor said they just didn’t have the drive to be the dogs that we wanted them to be,” Caldwell Police Lt. Devin Riley said.

As a result, Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood asked the Caldwell City Council last week to invest in another canine program and acquire trained pups that can cost up to $7,000 each. Allgood asked for $20,000 for the fiscal year.

“I was sad to hear what they said about the canine unit,” Councilman Mike Pollard told the Idaho Press-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1LfIIaq). “I was hoping the dogs worked out because they didn’t cost us anything. That’s a savings to the taxpayers.”

The department devoted months of training into three dogs - Whiskey, Tango and Nebula. But only Whiskey seems likely to get certified. The department was able to save money by getting the dogs from West Valley Animal Shelter and a family on Craigslist, Riley said.

Pollard said he’s not sure if the city can afford dogs that could cost $7,000 each.

But Riley said not having a canine unit really hurts the department.

“Recently we’ve had a couple of incidents where we’ve had a couple of really bad guys barricade themselves in a house,” Riley said. “When you hear a pretty mean dog barking outside, well, people don’t like to get bit. Nine times out of 10, they are going to come out.”


Information from: Idaho Press-Tribune, https://www.idahopress.com

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