Economic times continue to be tough around the country. And, not to make this into a political blog, but politicians in Washington are warning us that the outlook could become even more troublesome just a few weeks from now as the two parties stand deadlocked on some important budget questions. In the middle of it all, there are some dedicated public servants who are becoming unexpected victims.
Daro, a police dog for the East Haven Police Department in New Haven, lost his job last month when the mayor and town council decided it was necessary to cut his $3500 annual salary from the government’s payroll.
The five-year-old German Shepherd was forced into early retirement and many in the community took to Facebook and other social media to fight for Daro’s return. Mayor April Capone even has had to fight off allegations that she simply isn’t a “dog person.” Capone insists the cut came after Daro’s handler insisted on working unreasonable shifts that would not have maximized Daro’s abilities. Others say the cost for keeping Daro is more than $3500 when veterinary bills and staff salaries are considered.
Police dogs provide such an amazing service to members of law enforcement and it is sad that these relationships are being severed over finances. But, such is the reality of today’s environment.
In my latest release, Silent Partner, I share the special connection that exists between one man, Deputy Jack Davis, and his dog Keno. The work they do together plays out as the duo works to solve a series of vicious murders that may hit closer to home that Jack could have ever imagined. I hope you will check it out!
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