German Crimefighting Dogs To Wear Shoes February 26, 2008Posted by Michael in Crime.
I know, you’re thinking the Germans are crazy.
Well, they are crazy, of course, but this may actually be a good idea.
BERLIN – Police dogs in the western city of Duesseldorf will no longer get their feet dirty when on patrol — the entire dog unit will soon be equipped with blue plastic fiber shoes, a police spokesman said Monday.”All 20 of our police dogs — German and Belgian shepherds — are currently being trained to walk in these shoes,” Andre Hartwich said. “I’m not sure they like it, but they’ll have to get used to it.”
Surely even Germans could have come up with something more stylish. Why are these dogs being forced to suffer this indignity?
The problem is drunks.
The unusual footwear is not a fashion statement, Hartwich said, but rather a necessity due to the high rate of paw injuries on duty. Especially in the city’s historical old town — famous for both its pubs and drunken revelers — the dogs often step into broken beer bottles.
The problem is exacerbated by cobblestone streets, which are difficult to clear of glass debris.
My hat is off to the Dusseldorf police for making an extra effort to protect their canine crimefighting friends.