Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dog Duty

Memphis won't pay veterinarian bills for woman's dog shot by police » The Commercial Appeal

The police department probably has police dogs. They probably have a veterinarian who does low cost work on the police dogs. The cops could have given this lady a referral to that veterinarian and saved her some money. The police union could have come up with a special fund for officers to donate money and pay for her vet bills. With 2,300 officers, donations of fifty cents each would have avoided all this bad publicity.

With a budget of tens of millions of dollars, the thousand dollar veterinarian bill is nothing. The bad publicity of this incident is nationwide and continues weeks, months after the event. Now the lady who owns the dog is talking about a lawsuit. The city will pay a lawyer a thousand dollars just to write a check and pay her the thousand dollars.

Part of good police work is good public relations. Part of good public relations is making problems go away. Making a major problem go away for a thousand dollars is a good deal. The next time the good people of Memphis think about their police department they will think about the two officers who shot a dog and the city that refused to pay for the wounded dog. Almost everyone loves dogs, not everyone loves police, that's what the SGT Says.

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