At airports across the nation, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be phasing out pointy ear dogs such as German shepherds because they scare children.
In a statement to the Washington Examiner, TSA Administrator David Pekoske stated:
“We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA to use floppy ear dogs. We find the passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of a concern. Doesn’t scare children.”
More than 80 percent of the dogs purchased in the last year have been Labrador retrievers, German short-haired pointers, wire haired pointers, Vizslas and golden retrievers. German shepherds and Belgian Malinois aren’t all rejected however. Much still has to do with the dogs’ abilities to detect odors, their socialization skills and of course their dispositions. Shepherds are more likely to be used in the baggage areas while the friendlier canine faces with the floppy ears are more often out with the public. According to the TSA publication, about 80 percent of the 1,200 dogs have droopy ears.
Many of these TSA dogs are retired every year. Interested in adopting one? Check out the website for more information.
- You must have a fenced in yard at the time of applying.
- There should be no intentions of moving within six months of adopting a dog.
- Homes must abide by all local pet ordinances.
- You must agree to provide the dog with appropriate medical care, exercise, training and companionship.
- All existing pets in the home must have current vaccinations and preventive care.
- The age of children in the home will be taken into consideration when selecting a dog.
The agency is not accepting any applications at this time, but keep checking if you’re interested. Also, remember there are many great dogs just waiting to become part of your family at shelters. Please adopt.
More: California banned the sale of “puppy mill” cats and dogs in pet stores – more here.
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