Hualien City Police Chief Kuo Chung-tsun has thought up a new trick to strengthen burglary prevention — giving city residents a dog to care for. The dog will then be taken to the police station at irregular intervals for further training. Hualien police recently gave away their first six dogs, pure bred Formosan mountain dogs.
Kuo said that despite increased police efforts, burglaries are a constant in their jurisdiction. It is difficult to gather evidence and few cases are cleared up, and that was why he came up with the idea of giving away dogs to prevent burglaries.
Teng Chin-tsai, a patrol team member who lives in the Kuofu neighborhood, has a Formosan mountain dog that had a litter of several puppies a while back. When he heard of the new plan, he instantly agreed to let the police buy his puppies — with a market value of NT$20,000 each — for half price, and that got the initiative rolling.
These six black two-month old pups are “clever dogs” that the police picked for their looks, reactions and health. They are of pure breed and display the loyalty and alertness that is special to Formosan mountain dogs, and are very well suited to maintaining the security of a property.
Police officers gave all the male pups the name Eagle in the hope that they would all move as fast and nimbly as an eagle. The female pups were all called Mary, a transliteration of “meili,” the Chinese word for charm or charisma.
Kuo said that thanks to the sponsorship of civil defense team leader Chang Yan-ching, the dogs had their vaccinations and their chips inserted. He said the dogs will now have to be brought back to the police station for training by appointed trainers and to follow police officers on their patrols to raise their alertness toward anything suspicious. Kuo said he believed these dogs would be great in helping police maintain social order.
Police say that those applying for a “clever dog” must have a front and back yard, the financial resources to care for the dog, and time to spend with the dog. Only after approval by the police will they be allowed to take the dog home. Anyone interested can register with the Hualien City Police.
Because the police may not have the financial resources to buy dogs, they will in future look for suitable watchdogs in rescue centers for stray dogs. That way they can kill two birds with one stone by both tending to social order and helping diminish the stray dog problem.
(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY PERRY SVENSSON)
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