Could A Drug-Sniffing Dog Be The Latest Economic Casualty?

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) -- The Snohomish City Council may decide Tuesday night to trim the budget by laying off a member of the police force - Dixie the drug-sniffing dog. Dixie finds drugs and money for the reward of playing with a chew toy, but the 7-year-old shepherd-collie mix costs about $16,000 a year in vet care, food, grooming, kennel and training costs.

The Everett Herald reported Snohomish plans to keep its other police dog, Kizar. The German shepherd is needed to track criminals and is a younger dog.


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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 5, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    Micheal, do you know how much training cost for these dogs? Top that off with his medical care, kennel cost, food, etc.. and yeah you can hit 16,000 REAL fast! Maybe you do not mind living next door to drug addicts and crackheads, I for one am glad that they have these tools to track down these kinds of things.
  • by Michael Location: Kinston on May 5, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    $16,000 a year to keep a dog!!?? Are they nuts! This is the kind of mindless spending that puts our gov. hands ever deeper into our pockets.Hey, keep the dog, he's the only one who can do his job and not whine ,(pun intended), about it. To be sure there's a heck of a lot cheaper,and prudent,way, to keep him active doing his thing.The public needs to re-train the officals on the budget committee it sounds like.
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