Friday, October 22, 2004

K-9s might get their day

Luken: 'This is Animal Planet, for goodness sake'

By Jane Prendergast
Enquirer staff writer

Cincinnati's award-winning police dogs might appear on an Animal Planet television show, after Mayor Charlie Luken fired off a scathing e-mail questioning what "nameless, faceless bureaucrats'' would turn off such an innocuous show.

"This is Animal Planet, for God's sake,'' the mayor said later Thursday. "I was just shocked by the whole thing.''

But it might be too late. Filming was to be in preparation for the U.S. Police Canine Association national trials, which start Nov. 7 in Huntsville, Ala. The Cincinnati dog team won the competition last year, and the film crew wanted to follow the officers and dogs as they prepared this year.

Streicher said Thursday it would be "ridiculous'' not to showcase the dogs. The production company did some filming here but stopped because it had no contract, he said.

"I'm proud of the canine team,'' Streicher said. Cincinnati city spokeswoman Meg Olberding has said the city's legal department couldn't agree on some terms, including what would be done with unused footage. In a memo to City Council Thursday, the city manager's office said negotiations were continuing, and a contract could be finalized in the next couple of days.

Sgt. Harry Roberts, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said Thursday that they were happy they might be able to be on the show: "This is a good city. Let's show it to people.''


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