Here's an story that I hope doesn't catch on.
Police dogs in Wales are being muzzled and taught to head butt suspects. The main reason seems to be to avoid lawsuits.
Critics contend it is political correctness gone mad, putting the rights and safety of criminals before keeping the public safe.
Instead of biting suspects, the dogs are trained to leap at them and deliver a head butt to their midsection. To protect the dog, a metal rod across the front of the muzzle helps absorb the impact of the strike.
One Sergeant explained, “It is one of the additional options open to us to muzzle our dogs and get them to use a head butt. We believe it is a safer option for an offender to be head-butted.”
A retired dog handler disagreed, “I think the public would laugh at you with a muzzled dog, and it could be counterproductive if people think the dog has to be muzzled because it is dangerous.”
When dogs are used for building searches, they quickly sniff out the suspect. Police officers report that the dogs will often have the burglars holding their hands high in the air by the time officers catch up. Is a muzzled dog going to have that degree of intimidation?
What happens in a pursuit? Is a suspect going to stop when he’s being chased by a muzzled dog? What happens in close combat with a knife wielding psychopath?
Depriving a police dog of the means to protect itself and the rest of us just seems wrong.