Thursday, September 11, 2008

St. Louis police go to the dogs

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is reporting today that they have gone to the dogs.

Specifically, an STLPD PR person with the super-cool name "Schron Y. Jackson" announced today that Walt Disney Pictures will honor the department’s Canine Unit this Saturday, Sept. 13 for its "bravery and service to the community."

This stop on the national fundraising tour "Bolt Across America" coincides with the local Canine Unit's 50th anniversary, which also will be commemorated Saturday. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the intersection of 13th and Chestnut.

Four canine teams will be recognized. Two of the dogs recently placed themselves at risk during the tracking of armed felons, while two other dogs, currently retired and living on the department's cushy pension plan, served the city for more than 10 years.

The fundraising tour - also a promotional juggernaut for the Disney animated comedy Bolt -will benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Disgruntled city residents are also whispering that dogs are cute, that people in St. Louis love dogs, and that the city police department badly needs an image makeover after the resignation of Police Chief Joe Mokwa (with a lavish severance package) in the wake of a scandal involving what appears to have been the criminal use of citizen vehicles that had been impounded by the police.

There also has been no confirmation of rumors that movie studios are visiting St. Louis to scout locations for the cop comedy Mokwa Motors, about a police tow yard that is open for joyrides in taxpayer vehicles and discounted sales of citizen cars to family members of the police chief.


Cute police dog pic from a California tourism site.

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