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Editorial: Pay for the Pups

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Cape Girardeau Police Department has two dogs trained to assist officers in recovering drugs and tracking suspects, along with other duties. In the six years the dogs, Bolo and Toben, have been on they job, they have been involved in more than 1,600 investigations. Now it's time for the dogs to retire.

Much of the money used to acquire Bolo and Toben was raised by a project called Pay for the Pups, which was a partnership of the police department, the Southeast Missourian Jr. monthly newspaper for young readers, and students in local schools. Now Pay for the Pups is being reactivated to raise funds for two new police dogs. The Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club has already donated $12,000 to the project.

In addition to raising money, Pay for the Pups allows youngsters to make an investment in an important community asset. Along the way, they learn about the police department and how it uses dogs to do such important work.

Thanks to everyone involved in this project, including Cheryl Ellis of the Southeast Missourian staff who is the coordinator for Southeast Missourian Jr. and is the organizer of Pay for the Pups"


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Gee another project to get the kids out to beg for money. Why is this dog project not in the Police budget? If it is that inportant then the Chief should have it listed on his budget.

I am sure a couple of mutts from the pond would work just as well, or is the fact that these dogs only hear German is the key.

-- Posted by freedom1776to2008 on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 7:25 AM

See? Didn't I tell ya' the other day---"It's all for the safety and wellness of our CHILDREN, and helps them to mold their futures!"

Yeah, when those visits take place, it's just like Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood around there: "Tobin is your FRIEND, and is working to keep YOU safe!"

Show 'em a "Real-Time" video of what sweet lil' "Toby" REALLY does for a living!

It'll be more like Eddie Murphys' version of "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood", then!...LOL!!!

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 11:08 AM

With all the extra funding the U.S. government has been throwing around since september 11, and with the national police organizations, local civic groups, etc. the money should be easy enough for the POLICE to get without resorting to using child labor. And I also don't appreciate SE Jr.s use of praying on childrens love of all things fluffy to tug at their heart strings and milk them for all their lunch money.

Pay for the Pups...yeah, that sounds all snuglly doesn't it? And do children have any REAL concept of what these dogs are for? Highly doubtfull. All they see is "puppies" and they are willing to sell their PS3 right out the door. It's explotation.

And why is the SE Jr. "editor" involved, Ms. Cheryl Ellis? Could it be because she was once dating one of the police detectives? Could that have anything to do with it? Don't try and tell me that he or one of his police buddies didn't whisper, "hey, let's see if we can get her to milk some of those kids for dog money."

There are sources provided by the government that should supply this money, leave the kids out of this, they have better things to spend their time on...like homework, and saving their money for college.

-- Posted by jumanji on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 11:58 AM


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