Parents have a lot to worry about. Wondering whether or not their kids are experimenting with drugs is no longer one of them — at least not in Missouri, where parents can now take the War Against [Their Kids Using] Drugs to a new level by renting a drug-sniffing dog.
According to Ray McCarty of Metro K9 Services, the idea is to have a service available for homes, businesses, and schools that isn’t connected to law enforcement. “I thought it’d be a good idea to have a dog that’s not law enforcement, a non-law enforcement canine that doesn’t do apprehension or anything like that, where it’s safe to have them amongst the students, so I had started it,” McCarty told 41 Action News.
The dogs are trained to sniff out marijuana, meth, cocaine, heroin, PCP, and ecstasy. You can rent the dogs by the hour and no matter what is found, the company will not call the police. According to the Metro K9 Services website, these dogs are available 24/7, so you can do a very thorough search of your kid’s room at 2 — if you desire.
The service is not cheap, however. One drug-sniffing dog starts at $200.
WCCO Mid-Morning of CBS Minnesota covered the story and reacted to viewer responses to this new service, which were understandably mixed.
“Great idea! It’s no different from pulling random drug tests on your kids,” one host read before commenting, “Which is also a lovely way to foster family, love, and trust.”
Despite their own misgivings, the hosts conceded that it is a good service for parents who have “100% legitimate concerns” that their kids are using drugs. But will those be the only parents to use the service and turn narc on their kids? Time will tell.
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