Belgian Malinois not only smell stew, they smell each ingredient in it
Six Shooter Junction – By the time K9 Ace, arrived at U.S. Canine Unlimited, Inc., at Kaplan, Louisiana, he was – in a word – uptight.
His handler and the training Lieutenant had done such a good job on him that when he and his new handler arrived there, he tried to bite everything in britches lolling around on the lot.
They sent the handler home, but they kept Ace to see if they could salvage – for an additional fee – what was left of a certified drug-sniffing K9 acquired fully trained and healthy at the cost of $15,000.
Sheriff Parnell McNamara had two choices; he could either have Ace put down as a vicious, unruly animal, or he could elect to spend some more money in an effort to correct his ill treatment with a cap gun by two officers who banged on the side of the SUV and his cage and made him bark insanely.
To tell the truth, other officers from other departments and fellow officers from McLennan County described K9 Ace as a tortured soul with the gift of a precise sense of smell honed to a fine point to detect illicit narcotics.
Was he mean? Well, that’s up to you to decide. Take a look at one of his kin folks in the picture, there. We ran across a picture of another from the breed carrying a 20-pound cast iron dumb bell in his teeth.
Go head on.
Ace gon’ be what is known as heavy duty, up in here, y’all.
After U. S. K9 got through with his second go-round, they put him back to work.
Things rocked on until he “nipped” a gash in a child’s forehead with a flick of an incisor, and he was taken out of service.
What to do?
It took some doing, but we finally got hold of the official transfer agreement between Sheriff Parnell McNamara and the Kaplan, Louisiana, firm, approved by the Commissioners’ Court.
Offer and consideration consist of giving old Ace back to those folks in lieu of care, kennel boarding, vet bills – and all the other doggie stuff that goes with the breed. Such a deal.
The information became available on April 18, but because the Court had not yet been “briefed,” in-house attorney Dustin Chapman told our roving reporter the details were on hold.
We finally got the word on the 27th.
What did the folks in Kaplan do with Ace?
That’s a matter of some mystery. The inscrutable legal lingo of the “transfer agreement” makes to mention of that, as if it’s any of our business.
Somehow, the giveaway of an animal made vicious and thus unsalvageable by his handlers has by that point come down to the semantic neutrality of a “transfer agreement.”
Said information activist R.S. Gates, “Giving away an asset in an attempt to hide a lawsuit makes no sense whatsoever.” Hmm.
What the hell, it’s only money, right?
What kind of legal gobbledygook will apply when it comes to the “transfer agreement” governing human beings? Prithee, darest we venture a guess?
T’is only the King’s Jive, m’Lord.
So mote it be.
- The Legendary