Dangerous Dogs, Untrained Handlers, Native Americans

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Image of video of dog attack incident and interview with Jonni Joyce.

Dangerous Dogs, Untrained Handlers, Native Americans clash in protest over pipeline.There’s a big debate about a pipeline going through Amerind land where it could impact on both sacred ground and the availability of clean water. A federal judge has temporarily halted some construction. But I’d like to focus on the dogs brought in to “handle” the peaceful protest.

I’m not an expert in this kind of dog training like Jonni Joyce, who is interviewed in the video by Democracy Now. But I am familiar with it as a journalist who covered crime for many years and I have worked with animals including dogs for quite a few years. It’s obvious to me in this video that the dogs, the dog handlers, or both have not been properly trained. That is completely inappropriate and is, as can be seen in the video, dangerous. Several people and apparently a horse were bit.  I’m sure heads are going to roll because of this.

Here’s a shorter Facebook version of the video.

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14 thoughts on “Dangerous Dogs, Untrained Handlers, Native Americans

  1. This is just terrible! It’s terrible for the protestors and the dogs. And the handlers will be in big trouble even though really maybe it’s not totally their fault either. They were probably ordered to do this. Still they could have said no!

  2. This is completely inappropriate. I see lawsuits in the future. It’s very sad something like this should happen.

  3. I don’t understand how this could have happened. You just don’t set wild dogs loose on peaceful protestors! I’m part Native American on my father’s side, but really race doesn’t matter to the dogs. They were set loose on people and that’s what’s wrong.

  4. You would think they would learn from the past. George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

  5. You know you no more let untrained people handle those dogs that you let untrained people come in with guns. This is idiotic.

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