While my heart and thoughts go out to every officer who feels the loss of Rocco, I am not convinced it is a good idea to use an animal in the dangerous situation that is police work. They, unlike their human counterparts, did not choose this; it was a path chosen for them by humans. I have read many stories about dogs that “love their work,” but I bet they would love running around a farm just as much as chasing suspects through the streets of Pittsburgh.
I hope John Rush gets the maximum punishment and that dogs will be donned with vests in every situation possible. Maybe someone should invent a vest that is more lightweight and wearable for everyday duties. The dogs deserve it as do the handlers who invest their emotions and lives into these wonderful animals.
MARI L. MURPHY