VIDEO: New K9 puppies join Winnipeg Police Department
The Winnipeg Police Department has eight new police puppies ready to join the force. All is not well, though, as concerns have been raised about how the animals are cared for.
Winnipeg police are launching their latest police academy — and the latest officers were literally born to fight crime.
This latest police academy will be for officers of the K9 variety and includes a littler of eight puppies bred to be the ideal crime fighters.
This week, the dogs were taken from their mothers for the first time and taken out into the working world. They're already being ranked against each other to see which ones posess the best qualities as crime fighters.
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But not all is well for these new dogs — some of which will be sold by the Winnipeg police force to other agencies — which are living in an officer's garage. The Winnipeg police officer's association has criticized the area where the dogs are kept when not with their human handlers. The dogs essentially live in the police department's parking lot, on concrete pads with access to a dog house.
There's no running water and, according to the CBC, disease has already been a problem.
The Winnipeg Police Department is looking into building a better facility for the dogs, but no concrete details are in place.
The Winnipeg Police Chief declined to comment to the CBC.