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Transit police ask riders not to pet pooches during pandemic

Last Updated Aug 28, 2020 at 9:59 pm PDT

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Summary

Transit police are asking riders to stay at a safe social distance from police dogs in training and their human partners

Police pups quickly attract small crowds of people looking to pet them, gathering like this just isn't safe amid COVID

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Transit police are asking riders not to approach police dogs in training and their human partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In the past we’ve encouraged people to come up and say ‘Hi’ to our dog handlers and say ‘Hi’ to our dogs because they’re fantastic to see in and around the transit system,” says Cst. Mike Yake.

“But right now, obviously because of the COVID-19 pandemic, what we’re trying to encourage is social distancing.”

The dogs help their human partners investigate explosives, and require training on and around the transit system.

Yake says police pups quickly attract small crowds of people looking to pet them, and gathering like this just isn’t safe.

“Hopefully it’s something that we can get past, and people will be invited to pet the dogs again,” Yake says.

“At this point, we’re just asking that people keep a safe distance from the dogs and the dog handlers.”