Could Navy SEAL Dogs Be Used in the War on Drugs?
October 05, 2019 by Erik Kain
Gizmodo has a write-up on the “badass” Navy SEAL dogs used in the operation to kill Osama bin Laden:
Navy SEAL dogs are badasses, yes. But did you know some of them have titanium fangs, designed to rip through enemy protective armor?
That titanium grill runs $2,000 per tooth. The end result, US military dog trainer Alex Dunbar tells The Daily, is that being bitten is "like being stabbed four times at once with a bone crusher." Hard. Core.
As Radley Balko has pointed out before, some SWAT teams across America are already more militarized than the military. So my concern when I see this “badass” technology on these dogs is that it’s probably fairly easy to start equipping police dogs this way.Read More
October 05, 2019 by Alex Dunbar
In police work, canines are hugely significant force multipliers — and the numbers don’t lie. The Lansing Building Search study in Michigan showed that a building search for two bad guys with two-man teams of patrol officers recorded a 59-percent success rate in locating the individuals. Compare that to a K9 unit, boasting a 93-percent success rate and requiring a fraction of the time to conduct the search.Read More