Tag Archives: New Mexico

Officer Nikka, Vaughn Police Department

News broke this week that the Town of Vaughn, New Mexico has only one qualified police officer on staff.  And he’s a dog.

The town’s human police chief resigned after it was found that he was not allowed to carry a gun because he’s a convicted felon with a large outstanding sum in child support.  The only other human officer was convicted in 2010 of battery, leaving him unable to carry a gun or make arrests.

That leaves Nikka, who was purchased for the sum of $10,000 to sniff out drugs (drug traffickers work in the area because of its remoteness).

There’s only about 500 residents in the town and no one seems bothered that their only sworn officer is a canine.   Given the character deficiencies of the town’s human officers, some would say that Nikka is an improvement!

Source:  The Times

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Blue’s compromise

Last month, I wrote about Blue, an elderly Australian Cattle Dog who was facing an uncertain future in Elephant Butte, New Mexico.

This week, it was announced that the town officials had reached a compromise with Blue’s nominated owners (Blue was abandoned early in life and formed connections with some residents more than others).

Blue will be exempt from the city’s leash law, but his owners will need to keep him contained on their commercial property through the use of an electric fence.

Read more about Blue’s compromise here in the New York Times.