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Police DOG Suspended Over Charges Of RACISM [Racist Dog Alert?]
AP ^ | 2/4/04

Posted on 02/03/2004 4:04:52 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar

Pa. Police Dog Suspended; Bit Black Child

ASSOCIATED PRESS

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) - A police dog has been suspended while investigators try to determine whether the animal has something against black children.

The dog, a German shepherd named Dolpho, was cleared two years ago of attacking a child because he was black. But Dolpho was removed from duty on Monday after biting another black child.

Dolpho attacked a 14-year-old black girl on Jan. 28 during a crime-prevention demonstration at a school but did not break the youngster's skin. The girl's parents said a white student petted the dog without incident before he attacked their daughter.

In 2002, town officials ordered a two-month investigation to determine if Dolpho was singling out blacks while on patrol after the dog escaped from police vehicle and bit a 9-year-old black boy playing nearby. The dog was taken off duty, retrained for two months and returned to the force.

City Councilwoman Wanda Jones Dixon, who is black, complained about the dog in 2002 and renewed her request that the animal be retired from the police force or put to sleep.

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1 posted on 02/03/2004 4:04:52 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Oh dear.........
2 posted on 02/03/2004 4:06:48 PM PST by EggsAckley (..................**AMEND** the Fourteenth Amendment......(There, is THAT better?).................)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar

3 posted on 02/03/2004 4:07:06 PM PST by GulliverSwift (Saddam's WMD were sold/hidden while we were bogged down at the UN.)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Do obedience schools even offer sensitivity training?
4 posted on 02/03/2004 4:07:27 PM PST by Johnny_Cipher ("I'll take 'That Mean Old Bad Man Bush' for $1000, Alex")
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
What do you expect from a German Shepherd? (Just kidding)
5 posted on 02/03/2004 4:07:39 PM PST by .cnI redruM (Vae victis! - [woe to the vanquished].)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
I had a dog that I had to give away last year -- because he was hostile -- ONLY -- to black people.
It was starting to cause quite a problem and a potential liability.
6 posted on 02/03/2004 4:07:46 PM PST by WL-law
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
What are they going to do, send the dog to sensitivity training?
7 posted on 02/03/2004 4:07:49 PM PST by scarface367 (This tagline known to the state of California to cause cancer in laboratory animals)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Aren't dogs colorblind?
8 posted on 02/03/2004 4:08:20 PM PST by dwd1 (M. h. D. (Master of Hate and Discontent))
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To: scarface367
I'll bet the dog drives a pickup with a confederate flag....
9 posted on 02/03/2004 4:08:39 PM PST by Joe 6-pack ("We deal in hard calibers and hot lead." - Roland Deschaines)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Maybe he's just a sexist.
10 posted on 02/03/2004 4:09:03 PM PST by LibWhacker (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Aren't German Shephards mostly black dogs?
11 posted on 02/03/2004 4:09:03 PM PST by FITZ
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To: .cnI redruM
What do you expect from a German Shepherd?

LOL!!!

"Here, Adolph!"

12 posted on 02/03/2004 4:09:14 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Yet another double-barrelled (B/C & JD!) MegaPing...
13 posted on 02/03/2004 4:09:18 PM PST by mhking
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Who knew the racist animal skit on "Chappelle's Show" was a documentary.
14 posted on 02/03/2004 4:09:28 PM PST by Polonius (It's called logic, it'll help you.)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Here's a pic of the racist bigot dog.


16 posted on 02/03/2004 4:10:20 PM PST by Ragirl ("I think there has been an exaggeration")
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
It works both ways. I do a lot of work in minority neighbohroods and the dogs there are a lot meaner to me than in the predominantly white areas.
17 posted on 02/03/2004 4:10:54 PM PST by Rebelbase ( <a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">miserable failure put it in your tagline too!)
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To: mhking
Thank you, this is one of your best.
19 posted on 02/03/2004 4:14:14 PM PST by SJackson
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To: WL-law
"I had a dog that I had to give away last year -- because he was hostile -- ONLY -- to black people."

I've heard of stories like that. I've also seen this situation in reverse....a dog that has problems with white people. My advice...stay away from the dog.
20 posted on 02/03/2004 4:14:38 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
I have a black friend who has a doh that hates white guys in uniform.
21 posted on 02/03/2004 4:16:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (.50 cal border fence)
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To: Rebelbase
It might just be the case that the dogs there are a lot meaner, period.
22 posted on 02/03/2004 4:18:04 PM PST by LibWhacker (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: WL-law
I wouldn't tell too many about that, unless the dog had a previous owner.

I have come to find that many guard type dogs pick up judgment of people from their masters. My grandad, always would tell me how his dog hated black people, but I realized later that my grandad would egg him on when he saw one.

He ran a shop in the bad part of town, and apparently he thought that training it to attack black people would be good for that part of the city.

But I have seen some dogs that aren't even trained to do it. They just pick up the hostility felt by their masters towards a certain type person, and know to show hostility towards them as well.

The owner can act nice though when they want, but the dog will give them away.
23 posted on 02/03/2004 4:18:26 PM PST by Texaggie79 (Did I just say that?)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
He is a Byrd dog.
24 posted on 02/03/2004 4:19:23 PM PST by Blue Screen of Death (,/i)
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To: Rebelbase; WL-law; Arpege92
That's my observation as well.

Dogs are situational, and they're suspicious of anything or anybody that's "different." If a dog has never seen a black person (or a white person for that matter) the "difference" makes him suspicious. Depending on his personality, he may be fearful, or aggressive, or both.

I've got a Chocolate Lab who loves EVERYBODY, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in her sight (who knows, they might have something good to eat.) Of course, she's been around all kinds of people since she came home with us at 12 weeks.

She doesn't like the UPS man who delivers to our house, though. I think she thinks he's carrying packages away rather than delivering them. She gives a good impression of Crazy Killer Dog while bouncing up and down inside the kitchen door so that she can see out the window.

25 posted on 02/03/2004 4:19:34 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
We all know this is nonsense... The only thing that the dog would be aggressive about is if he can sense the adrenaline or presence of a person that might have aggressive tendencies toward his master/officer or he may have experienced seeing a person attack his master and feel a need to be protective... Police dogs are trained to be very well protective but very controlled and unless the officer issues a command for him to attack, he should not...

Other than that, unless the dog likes his meat medium to well done instead of rare.... :-)
26 posted on 02/03/2004 4:20:47 PM PST by dwd1 (M. h. D. (Master of Hate and Discontent))
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To: Texaggie79
I wouldn't tell too many about that, unless the dog had a previous owner.

It's not as if I taught him to dislike blacks.

I failed to mention -- my dog was a black-and-tan hound, a.k.a. in these parts as -- a "coon hound". I swear to God.

27 posted on 02/03/2004 4:20:54 PM PST by WL-law
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To: LibWhacker
Next story:

Police Dog Suspended for Humping Female Police Dog On Duty


"He was pawing me and I couldn't get away!" Says Victim
28 posted on 02/03/2004 4:20:59 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: WL-law
Not nice....
29 posted on 02/03/2004 4:21:40 PM PST by dwd1 (M. h. D. (Master of Hate and Discontent))
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To: Texaggie79
I think certainly what you describe does happen - dog picking up on owner's "vibes" or deliberate training - but that's not the only reason dogs act hostile to folks of a different race.

I've seen it too often for it to be hostility on the part of the owners - besides, you set yourself up for wondering if people hate you every time their dog barks. Instant paranoia.

30 posted on 02/03/2004 4:22:29 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Bump
31 posted on 02/03/2004 4:22:42 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Some days you're the windshield; some days you're the bug)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Heel Hitler!
32 posted on 02/03/2004 4:23:00 PM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: 11th Earl of Mar; mhking
This sounds unbelievable. But I do know from personal experience with a dog I got from friends, who are caucasion by the way.

When ever visitors came and they were black, the dog would act afraid and hide. But when white visitors came by he would be up jumping around and very playful.

Wouldn't say it was racists, but it did cause me to say hmmmm.
33 posted on 02/03/2004 4:23:13 PM PST by swheats
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
The dog, a German shepherd named Dolpho, was cleared two years ago of attacking a child because he was black.

I'm just curious. How did they make their final determination?

34 posted on 02/03/2004 4:23:32 PM PST by TotusTuus
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To: WL-law
You might want to take notice of that line of good taste behind you that you just stepped over...
35 posted on 02/03/2004 4:25:07 PM PST by dwd1 (M. h. D. (Master of Hate and Discontent))
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To: dwd1
Not nice....

I'm not lying. I suspeacted that maybe it was due to his extraordinary "nose", that he could sense something different.

The last draw was when he leaped over the fence to confront a local black man walking past the house. The man called the police, we were warned, etc. The police commiserated with us -- acknowledging that some dogs are just that way.

I now have another hunting dog -- a brittany spaniel -- and have no problems in this area.

36 posted on 02/03/2004 4:25:20 PM PST by WL-law
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To: AnAmericanMother
My dog LOVES the UPS man, who happens to be black. 'Course it helps that he's a dog lover himself and is really nice to her.
37 posted on 02/03/2004 4:25:38 PM PST by LibWhacker (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
LOL
38 posted on 02/03/2004 4:26:36 PM PST by LibWhacker (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: WL-law
I had a dog, years ago, who had a reaction to black people. But dogs can see only black and white. So maybe they just notice something different and become alarmed. I once put on a brown wig (I have blond hair)and a dog who knew me well barked & barked in alarm. Go figure....
39 posted on 02/03/2004 4:27:38 PM PST by Annie03 (donate at www.terrisfight.org)
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To: CasearianDaoist
LOL!
40 posted on 02/03/2004 4:28:18 PM PST by LibWhacker (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/">Miserable Failure</a>)
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To: WL-law
That is your story and you are going to stick with it... All righty, then...
41 posted on 02/03/2004 4:29:26 PM PST by dwd1 (M. h. D. (Master of Hate and Discontent))
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To: Texaggie79
But I have seen some dogs that aren't even trained to do it. They just pick up the hostility felt by their masters towards a certain type person, and know to show hostility towards them as well.

  In general, this is not true. Dogs tend to react with hostility towards anything new. The "racist" dog is usually one who hadn't seen many black people while a puppy. They then seem strange to it as an adult, and many dogs react to strangeness by growling, snarling, and biting.

  Now, different breeds can be more or less prone to this behavior, and individual dogs within a breed also vary greatly. Early training can make a big difference as well - if you introduce your dog to new neighborhoods and people regularly while it's a puppy, it'll tend to do better with new experiences as an adult.

  But the bit about the dog's reflecting an owner's prejudice is not true.

Drew Garrett

42 posted on 02/03/2004 4:30:26 PM PST by agarrett
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To: Blue Screen of Death
"He is a Byrd dog."

LOL.

43 posted on 02/03/2004 4:32:36 PM PST by blam
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To: .cnI redruM
What do you expect from a German Shepherd? (Just kidding)

Ah, yes, the mind reels with sarcastic replies...

44 posted on 02/03/2004 4:33:09 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: LibWhacker
It's just our UPS man she doesn't like. We were sitting in traffic next to a UPS truck and I thought she might go nuts, but instead she poked her head out the open window and grinned and wagged her tail at the driver (he was black, too.) She loves the Orkin man (black), the stonemasons working next door (Hispanic), the furnace repairmen (white), the local Jehovah's Witnesses (black) (they're not too sure about her though), the mailman (white), and the roofers (Hispanic). I can't think of anybody else she doesn't overwhelm with glad jumps, smiles, and wholesale tail wagging. She's just a happy loon with a funny thing about that one poor UPS man . . .

She also has Airborne Ears . . .

45 posted on 02/03/2004 4:35:26 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Maybe they were sexual attacks. Dogs do that. Since the dog did not break the skin, who knows.

At the least, he, if he is a he, should lose his job, but not his, is he is a he, pay. After all, how on earth is an unemployed animal to live? We do care about animals, don't we?

What about HSUS or PETA? Where are they on this issue.

Could this even be a lifestyle issue. Maybe this dog just has a preference for its, (fooled you) "partners" and didn't know any other way to show its affection. The questions are limitless. The solutions will be found, because this society is prone to leave no stone unturned, and no source of government funding untapped.

Onward and upwoof, you saints of society. Don't let man nor beast escape your vigilance.
46 posted on 02/03/2004 4:38:38 PM PST by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU, I trust this post will make you sick)
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To: Texaggie79
But I have seen some dogs that aren't even trained to do it. They just pick up the hostility felt by their masters towards a certain type person, and know to show hostility towards them as well.

Whereas with a cat it's, "Yeah? So?"

47 posted on 02/03/2004 4:39:16 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: dwd1
"You might want to take notice of that line of good taste..."

Common generic name for Plotts, Blue Ticks, Redbones, etc. that are used for tracking bear, big cats, and, yes, RACCOONS!
48 posted on 02/03/2004 4:42:19 PM PST by beelzepug ("It'll ooze a bit, 'eads do, ya know.")
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
We had a dearly beloved German shepherd whom we bought from the pound. The story we got was that he had formerly belonged to a black man who kept him chained to the back stoop, but had to get rid of him when he was evicted from the house. Anyway, he did go berserk whenever he glimpsed a black man. Not a woman or child, however. I think his first owner must have mistreated him.

OTOH, once when we lived in Westchester, we had a border colley who used to hide in the shrubbery and leap out at the gray-suited commuters as they walked up the hill from the railroad station past our house. We had to get rid of that dog--he was certifiably crazy. From time to time he would have an epileptic fit, and he also had the bad habit of breaking out of the house through a window with his head.
49 posted on 02/03/2004 4:57:53 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Is this even possible, I thought dog saw in B&W or at least that is what I was told. I am completely speechless on this one.
50 posted on 02/03/2004 4:59:56 PM PST by Trueblackman (It is enough to make you smile and gloat)
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