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Criminal tale of our PC dogs.

Byline: Sue Carroll

WHILE the SAS trains huge German Shepherds to patrol in Afghanistan and scare the living daylights out of the Taliban, police here have been told to rein back on dogs in arrests and raids.

Sensitive little criminals might be frightened. Diddums. Others could have asthma and be allergic to dog hairs.

The Association of Chief Police Officers' adviser on dogs, Peter Vaughan, says they should take steps to avoid offending people in operations.

Upsetting villains would never do. So will anyone with claustrophobia be spared a cell? Or Metallophobia (fear of metal) sufferers be exempt from handcuffs?

I'm with the officer who says: "Law-breakers should consider the mental trauma and possible allergic reaction of a foaming Alsatian clamping its teeth to their extremities before embarking on a criminal escapade." One word for it. Barking.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2008
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