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Hero Police Dog Izak Helps Lara Arrest

A police dog has helped arrest a man who injured a policeman during a tense stand off at Lara overnight.

Police were called to McNeill Court last night after a man claimed he had a gun and was threatening self-harm.

As police attempted to negotiate with the man, he threw pieces of railing from the balcony of the two-storey house.

One piece hit a senior constable on his head.

Read more on 3AW.

Source: www.3aw.com.au

New Police Dogs Set To Take On Perth’s Unruly Parties

Party trouble-makers will soon face some new police recruits whose bite is definitely worse than their bark.

Police Minister Liza Harvey announced nine new police dogs would be joining police ranks to specifically help officers crack down on out-of-control gatherings.  

Mrs Harvey said that the dogs acted as a very effective deterrent.

“Police tell me it’s quite remarkable the effect one of these dogs can have on an unruly mob. They may abuse officers, but quickly quieten down when a police dog lunges towards them,” Mrs Harvey said.

The minister said of the nine additional dogs, eight had graduated and were on duty, while the remaining dog was still in training.

Read more in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Queensland Jail Carpark Drug Blitz Uncovers ’Smuggler’ Visitors and Nappy Stashers

Love-struck women are using nappies and babies’ bedding to smuggle dangerous drugs into the state’s high security jails to their addicted partners.

In the most recent case, police are investigating a 21-year-old who allegedly handed an inmate thousands of dollars worth of dangerous drugs that she had hidden under her baby’s blanket before entering Wacol’s Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre on Friday.

The woman was allegedly filmed giving the man a balloon filled with smaller packages of what police believe is Suboxone, a prescription painkiller linked to sudden outbursts of aggression.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

South Utah Organization Vests K-9s Nationwide

If Facebook “likes” really represent popularity, K-9 officer-in-training Tank is no stranger to fame.

Washington City business Tread Armament and Weaponry offered to donate Tank a bullet and stab-proof vest through an organization called Vesting America’s Police K-9s if a photo of him posted on Facebook garnered 1 million “likes.”

Support for Tread Armament and Vesting America’s Police K-9s’ efforts to vest furry officers across the U.S. is contributing to a trend of making sure K-9s are safe on the job, said Kathy Williams, volunteer in the cause.

Williams said she watched coverage of the Zions Bank robbery that happened Sept. 11, 2014, in St. George.

Law enforcement officials sent K-9s to search for the suspect; Williams noticed they wore no protective gear.

“I thought that was really unusual because the dogs were the ones going into the most dangerous part,” she said. “At first I thought, ‘Someone should do something about that. Why not me?’”

But a bit of research showed police departments’ inabilities to fund K-9 knife and bullet-proof vests aren’t rare; Whitney said they’re expensive to begin with.

Read more in The Spectrum.

Source: www.thespectrum.com

Tasmania’s Canine Recruits To Crack Down On Ice

A team of canine cops are part of Tasmania’s latest crackdown on trafficking of the drug ice. Labradors Aggie and Yardley are just two weeks into their police training, from which they will graduate with the ability to sniff out crystal meth and cash. Police commissioner Darren Hine says they will be part of a five-dog squad targeting the importation and movement of ice around Tasmania.

The dogs will work across the state and will be used at airports, ports and mail centres, which Mr Hine said were hot spots for ice arriving from overseas and mainland Australia. The 15-month-old trainees will join an existing sniffer dog, and the Tasmanian government will fund two more puppies.

Read more in The Advertiser.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

Police Dog Freddie Takes Down Axe Burglar

An axe-wielding burglar has been taken down by Western Australia Police dog Freddie after fleeing from police in Perth’s wealthy western suburbs. The man was arrested in Dalkeith on Tuesday after police were called to a house burglary around 3pm. The victim interrupted the offender while he was allegedly robbing the house and called police after the man fled.

A WA police spokeswoman said the police helicopter and dog squad were involved in searching for the man when he was located running with an axe towards the nearby Swan River.

Read more in Perth Now.

Source: www.perthnow.com.au

Real Nose For Trouble: Drug Dog Makes Eight Detections During CBD Operation At Dubbo

A Police operation targeting illegal drugs in Dubbo has produced results almost immediately, with officers recording eight positive tests in just one morning.

Police from Orana Local Area Command carried out the high-visibility operation in the Dubbo central business district on Wednesday.

A black drug detection dog and its handler were part of the team who took to the CBD as part of the initiative targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs, according to Orana Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Scott Tanner.

He said the officers and the dog entered shops, walked along the main street and made their way through other high-traffic areas.

In the four hours between 8am and midday on Wednesday, Inspector Tanner said, officers made two positive detections for ice, five for cannabis and one for prescription drugs.

Read more in the Daily Liberal.

Source: www.dailyliberal.com.au

Dogs As PTSD Therapists: The Role of Oxytocin In Human-Animal Interactions

During the last decade it has become more widely accepted that pet ownership and animal assistance in therapy and education may have a multitude of positive effects on humans.

Interacting with animals influences social interaction between humans and related factors important in this respect, such as trust, empathy, aggression, and a positive mood.

In over 1000 adult Australians Headey (1999) found that dog and cat owners paid fewer annual doctor visits and were less likely to take medication for sleeping problems than non-pet owners. In a survey with over 3000 female participants between 25 and 40 years of age from Chinese cities, Headey et al. (2008) report that dog owners, who comprised half of the sample, had higher self-reported fitness and health, exercised more frequently, slept better, saw their doctors less frequently, and took fewer days off from work than comparable non-dog owners.

The studies reviewed here clearly indicate the following positive effects of Human Animal Interaction in several different domains and in humans of different age groups, with and without special medical, or mental health conditions:

  • improvement of social attention, behavior, interpersonal interaction, and mood
  • reduction of stress-related parameters such as cortisol, heart rate, and blood pressure
  • reduction of self-reported fear and anxiety
  • improvement of mental and physical health, especially cardiovascular health.

Research on direct OT effects in HAI is still rare. But the existing evidence clearly points at the potential of interactions with animals, especially one’s own pet-dog, Both, HAI and OT, were found to promote social interaction, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to enhance human health.

Read the full paper on US National Library of Medicine website or summarise it with our TextDigest tool.

Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Police Dog Flynn Confronts Dangerous Addicts On Melbourne’s Streets

Leading Senior Constable Mick Collins and his dog, Flynn, are at the frontline of the fight against Melbourne’s ice scourge. Flynn, 7, is one of five “critical incident” canines among 22 dogs in the Victoria Police Dog Squad.

Sen-Constable Collins, 35, said Flynn was involved in a number of confrontations with drug addicts, including those on ice. “He (Flynn) has been in several situations were he has been assaulted,” he said.

Ice addicts are dangerous because the drug gives them increased bravado and a higher pain tolerance. In one incident Flynn was kicked and punched by a man who was too drug affected to realise the dog was biting him.

Flynn’s transformation from overexcited pup to courageous police dog is one of 15 stories in the new book, The Dog Squad, by Vikki Petraitis.

Read the full story in the Herald Sun.

Source: www.heraldsun.com.au

How This Police Dog Helped a Child Sexual Assault Victim Tell Her Story

Caber the Labrador retriever is Canada’s first accredited victim assistance dog and the first to be used in a British Columbia courtroom. When the 10-year-old girl took the stand during her sexual assault trial in British Columbia this week, Caber sat at her feet, soothing her as she testified. The 7-year-old Labrador retriever’s presence during the trial marks the first time a dog has been used in a British Columbia courtroom, said Caber’s handler and Delta Police Victim Services coordinator Kim Gramlich.

Read the full story in Washington Post.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com