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Highly Trained Police Canine Offered for Sale By Texas Sheriff's Office -WHAT THE F@@@!

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A highly trained police dog is being placed up for sale to the general public in Rusk County, Texas, reported Tuesday's KETK News.

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Debbie G (306)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:48 am
This is all wrong. Why don't they limit a potential buyer to another on a different police force.

Jo S (619)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:49 am
I have to wonder if that is really true. If it is it's the craziest thing I have ever heard! They have the nerve to say that after the sale they won't be held responsable!?!?
Thanks Julie.

Julie E (405)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:55 am
I am not sure if this is true but I did see red when I read it. Correct me if someone knows something I do not know.

To me this dog was not just a working dog but a pet, a companion. If this is true, to throw this dog to the highest bidder really disturbs me! What did this dog really mean to his handler? The police department? He should be retired with honors. Given to a loving home. Take applications and find the best home, a home this dog deserves, a forever home.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 6:46 am
This is terrible and just not right. This is a dog with feelings and not some vintage piece of clothing...people are so damn disappointing. Thanks Julie

Past Member (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 12:05 pm
WHAT??????????? & :-((((((((((((((((((((((((

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Friday August 30, 2013, 12:14 pm

Betty Kelly (4)
Friday August 30, 2013, 12:19 pm
Sounds like some adjustments need to be made in the laws regulating new ownership for this dog. Public auction dosen't sound right to me. I hope this dog doesn't suffer from more stupid actions from humans.

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:03 pm

Kat K (54)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:05 pm
If this is, indeed, true, then whoever is responsible for putting this dog up for sale should be made to sign a document stating that he/she will take all responsibility for the actions of the dog since it is a trained police dog. BUT, #1. no living being should be "put up for sale". #2 this is one of the stupidest things that I have ever heard of. What kind of hillbillies are running that sheriff's department?? They must be as dumb as a rock. #3. the dog should be placed (not sold, but put up for adoption) with a loving, compassionate person who is well trained in handling a dog like this.

Sounds to me as if the dog is being set up for certain disaster, and this is not right. If these people are incapable of handling this situation the way it should be handled, then someone in authority should "take the reins" and see that this is done correctly and with compassion.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Stupidity isn't punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop.

Christeen A (368)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:35 pm
I just don't get it.

Anette S (22)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:51 pm

Isabelle J (81)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:54 pm
The poor dog is not a disposable thing !

Petra M (259)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:29 pm
I just don't get it...

Stardust Noel (38)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:35 pm
I completely afree with Kat K. what more can I say/ This dog should be retired with honors, & placed in the bast home thay can find.I hope this is not true, or will not be allowed.

Alice C (1797)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:43 pm
Is there no compassion ? Yes, they should have a retirement and honors !

Alice C (1797)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:49 pm
Hopefully they will not be bought for dog meat or dog fights.

Ann Breeden (65)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:03 pm
Retire this dog to a loving home. This is one stupid sheriff's department if you ask me.

Dianne D (490)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:06 pm
This is wrong and no more tax dollars should go to this police station until they get the idiot responsible for this out of office.

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:18 pm
What a disgrace! This poor dog is good enough to give his live working for the police, and now they treat him like trash. Shame!

Kate Kenner (215)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:53 pm
So that is how they show gratitude to one of their own? Well, obviously they don't consider him to be that but more of a tool they used. he isn't object no matter what money was used. What a stupid rule. He is too old for another handler but they can not give him to his present handler. What does it matter where the money came from?! Their priority should be to give him a good home. Who cares hoe the dog feels? Disgusting.

Just let him be happy Idiots!

Winn A (179)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:58 pm
This is so wrong. What the &(^*)$#@$@#^&!!!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:12 pm
I agree it is so wrong but please, people, read the article and get off the back of the Sheriff. Is anyone really surprised that Perrystan has a law in place that "Anything bought with seizure funds has to be sold at public auction"? ("Section 59 of the penal code" means "it's State law.") Or that in Perrystan a Sheriff's Department was kept so poor that they had to get a dog with seizure funds instead of from their budget? The Department sounds to be grieving - I'll bet they don't buy a dog that way again.

Diane L (110)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:23 pm
This is just wrong. I've never before heard of selling a K-9 dog to anyone. They are almost always retired to live with their handler, and in this case, since that is not an option, then having the dog be re-trained to work with another handler would seem appropriate. Apparently, the dog is not old enough to be retired, so what if his original handler had been killed on duty? Then what?

Hopefully, this dog will only be sold to someone qualified to handle him. That would seem to be the best future for him if retirement isn't a possibility.

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:24 am
If I buy the dog, follows the a police officer with the purchase?


Marianna molnar woods (9)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:34 am
so sad! careless

Klaus Peters (14)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:06 am
I am really disturbed by this, I think the handler should have had first pick because he was Caro's best mate. I fear a 6 year old dog would find it difficult to accept a new master, especially a well trained dog like this German Shepherd who knows the commands of his master (handler). Most likely Caro is missing his handler and might not be happy with a new master. German Shepherds are very, very loyal. I know! I had one, Silva was her name.
I think Caro should stay with the ex police handler, no matter what regulations say. It would be the best solution for him. I am not surprised that the Sheriffs office made a statement that they will not be responsible for the dog after the auction. German Shepherds are sensitive about changing masters and can become aggressive. German Shepherds are notorious for that.

Dwain La'Brooy (331)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:06 am
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Diane L (110)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:35 am
Klaus, I also have had GSD's (4 over the years), and actually lost my last one yesterday (PTS for a debilitating condition). Yes, they are intensely loyal dogs but I think you've missed a few things in the article. Caro isn't necessarily "missing his handler", but supposedly has no behavioral issues, period. His handler quit and accepted a job elsewhere. The article doesn't state if he was offered Caro to take with him, but it appears not so because of the way the dog was "purchased" in the first place. It sounds like some "fine print" that disallows them to let Caro go with his former handler. That's just plain wrong. If the former handler is willing to keep him, that should be an option. If the former handler can't keep him, then another handler should at least be given the chance to work with him. Who knows, another handler might be a better "bond" and work out better. They should at least TRY. This dog has been trained to do a job, and GSD's most often NEED a job to do. If he's "bite trained" (Schutzhund), unlikely he'd make a good dog on a farm or just "hanging out" with a family.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:48 am
Wouldn't is just be easier to raise funds so that the current handler could win the auction?

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:09 am
Common sense, care for the dog and so forth...... Isn`t that the most important thing here?

Danuta Watola (1249)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:15 am

Ruth C (87)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 6:30 am
Some people think that they can discard an animal like they discard a piece of furniture!

Carlene V (202)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:10 am
It's Texas so who is surprised? Guess they really don't want the dog, that's the real issue, bunch of back woods creeps.

Lona Goudswaard (80)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 9:09 am
I'm with John S. If it is just about money and some regulation, then they could have gotten a raffles or collection going so the handler could take his dog with him. Usually the handler and his dog have such strong bonds, that it surprises me he's not bought the dog himself. Or are they trying to make a profit on the dog now?

Barbara Goheen (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 2:59 pm
Sounds like some adjustments need to be made in the laws regulating new ownership for this dog.

Ann B (60)
Monday September 2, 2013, 12:19 pm
noted - why??????

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday September 2, 2013, 2:38 pm
I'm shocked that this is happening.

Diane L (110)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:29 am
I'm with Lona G. It usually is said that a K-9 dog costs in the neighborhood of $25,000 (and it is a very unusually well-bred GSD that is worth that much, even if show quality bloodlines, or imported from Czech or Germany). The amount would include the training for police work, obviously, BUT the bottom line here is what is in the best interest of this dog?
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