Bad guys who are allergic to dogs can stop worrying. The Vancouver Police Department has launched its Hypoallergenic K-9 Program.
From the Vancouver Courier.
"Working with a local dog breeder, the VPD has genetically modified a German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever and a Poodle to create a Shabradoodle,” Staff Sgt. Randy Fincham announced in a VPD video.
“The new genetically engineered K-9s will have the drive of a German Shepherd, the search capabilities of a Labrador Retriever and the smarts and hypoallergenic qualities of a Poodle.
The Vancouver police department says it takes the allergy concerns raised by VPD staff and apprehended offenders seriously. As well as not setting off anyone’s allergies, the Shabradoodle will be smaller. In a city of smaller and smaller cars, this allows it to sniff in all the nooks of crannies that a full-sized German Shepherd can’t.
The VPD hopes to be deploying a Shabradoodle on the belt of every VPD officer by April 1st, 2018.
“We feel that we have a responsibility to our staff and the public to create an allergy free work environment,” Fincham added. “By deploying hypoallergenic police dogs, we hope to attract allergy prone officers to our K-9 program, officers who could not have worked in a potential allergic environment in the past.”
This program was announced on April 1, 2017 to be fully operational by April 1, 2018.