Villagers petition for canine reinforcement
The China Post news staffMIAOLI, Taiwan -- Residents of Miaoli County’s Dahu Village, a hilly region notoriously redolent of robber barons, requested “a dog for every police station” to nab local junkies and to cut a long string of water pump thefts.
August 15, 2008, 12:00 am TWN
Six out of ten households in the area have befallen victim to local thieves. Robbers typically go after water pumps, which are worth up to NT$50,000. The long-suffering village, comprised largely of agricultural workers, has levied various capture efforts including two back-to-back nights of surveillance this month that have come up empty.
Village Leader Yang Ching-wen said their request is reasonable and necessary for proper police jurisdiction of Dahu, considering its history of crime and geographic expansiveness.
Deputy Chong Kuo-wen of Miaoli County Police stated that it is not so simple. According to United Evening News, there are only 23 police dogs total available in Taiwan.