Ofc. Clint Corvinus EOW 2Sept2016 Serbian import K9 Brutus
Police Officer Clint Corvinus was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a subject in the 600 block of South Florida Avenue.
He and a rookie officer he was training had conducted a traffic stop of a wanted felon. The man fled on foot during the stop and exchanged gunshots with the officers. Despite being wounded, Officer Corvinus was able to return fire and killed the subject.
Clint was transported to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Corvinus had served with the Alamogordo Police Department for 4-1/2 y ears. He is survived by his daughter and parents.
Clint was set to be the flagship handler at the APD, to keep his light burning bright in protection of his beloved community SFB is sending them K9 prospect Brutus FREE of any cost, and will assist in vesting him and facilitating his training through local federal law enforcement agencies.
- Note Volusia Co SD was set to recieve Brutus, but will be covered by line of duty insurance, SFB still is willing to offer 2nd K9 should the time come.
- That SFB did not receive any amount of the grant that APD was awarded, ALL of our dogs are 100% free.
In an effort to bring awareness to proper public etiquette of service dog treatment and interaction with their handlers, our founder Bobbie Lei sat down at a local coffee shop with journalist Sarah McClutchy with ‘What’s Up NewP’ for a fairly in-depth interview. Feel Free to take a glance below:
Resident Seeks to Educate Public About Service Dogs
Written by Sarah McClutchy, November 29, 2016
Did you know that if you interfere with a service dog, you’re technically tampering with someone’s personal medical device? It’s true, and people in town don’t seem to get it, said Bobbie Lei*, a temporary Newport resident and founder of Special Forces Bravo-K9s for Warriors, a 501c charity that places K9s and other working dogs with veterans and police departments in need.
Sitting in Starbucks one afternoon last week, at least three separate people over the course of an hour approached Lei’s service dog Hildi – a German Shepherd donning a brightly colored service dog vest – and attempted to pet her. Lei had to instruct each person who approached to “please ignore her” and “please don’t touch her.”
Lei, who was previously contracted at a military working dog kennel as a handler, says the lack of awareness in Newport stands in stark contrast with Southern California where she moved from. “In California, it’s a crime to interfere with a working dog.” she said. “There, people are much more aware that you don’t approach and don’t touch working dogs.”
To help with this problem of awareness, Lei said she recently spoke at several local elementary schools to help educate the public about service dogs and etiquette. Lei said she’s been asked by the TSA to help instruct agents on the proper protocol for passengers with service dogs.
Lei created Special Forces Bravo-K9s for Warriors in memory of her friend, Marine Lance Cpl. Raul S. Bravo Jr., a marine that was killed in Iraq in 2003. The organization takes in retiring K9’s, Multipurpose Canines, and Military Working Dogs and transitions them into proper training to best meet their final handler’s needs. While several large organizations exist for the purpose of getting service dogs to veterans, Bobbie Lei said they have long wait lists. “Charities like Assistance Dogs International and Canine Companions have eight year wait lists,” Lei said. With Special Forces Bravo-K9s for Warriors, Bobbie Lei is aiming to get dogs to vets that need them much faster.
Additionally, the organization works with local, state and federal working dog kennels and training facilities to obtain top tier green and young working dogs that may not be cut out for a life in special operations military units, but would make outstanding law enforcement patrol or dual purpose dogs. Those dogs are then given free of charge to police departments that otherwise can’t afford them.
In addition to the public’s lack of awareness about not interfering with working dogs, the high incidence of “fake” service dogs is compounding the problem. “You can easily buy a vague-looking service dog vest online on Ebay or Amazon,” Lei explained. “These vests are usually made in China and are posing as something official.”
Another source of confusion is the difference between emotional support animals and service dogs. “Emotional support animals are not allowed everywhere,” Lei said. “A service dog is.” Lei said she is aware of several instances in which fake, non-service dogs have have come in contact with a real working dog on a plane or in another public space, and attacked them. As a result, the highly-trained working dog was “washed” – it became fearful, and failed to behave as it had been trained.
So, what exactly sets a service dog and an emotional support animal part? Quite a bit. Service dogs complete hours of sophisticated training and pass tests in nationally recognized programs. They can specialize in specific services like mobility assistance, seizure alert/response, diabetic alert, and many other categories. The dogs Lei works with must pass the Assistance Dog International Service Test and the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test, a process that involves a six-hour bladder test. Lei’s dog Hildi is even poly-linguistic – Lei said she understands commands in German and Arabic in addition to English. Real service dogs are often chipped in multiple parts of their body, and may have a tattoo.
And there’s also the price tag. “A service dog is typically about a $25,000 expense, Lei said. “A K9 designated dog – trained in narcotics detection and apprehension – is an $80,000-$100,000 expense.”
So, what can you do if you’re a business owner in town and someone walks into your store or restaurant with a service dog you suspect to be “fake”? Proceed with caution and choose your words carefully. According to Lei, you can ask someone who walks into your place of business with a dog two questions:
- Is it a service dog?
- What does it do for you?
Beyond that, Lei said, you’re potentially toeing the line of discrimination. “Asking someone ‘Why do you need a service dog?’ or ‘What’s wrong with you?’ is the same as staring at someone in a wheel chair and asking them why they need it.”
If you’re a regular pedestrian on the street and see a dog you’d like to pet – it’s always a good idea to check with the owner before you approach the dog – vest or no vest. If you see a dog wearing a vest – don’t stare or try to engage the dog in any way even from a distance.
Special Forces Bravo-K9s for Warriors is currently in need of donations to cover medical and travel expenses of placed dogs. If you know of a veteran or a police department that’s in need of a service dog, contact Special Forces Bravo-K9s for Warriors here and start the application process: https://specialforcesbravok9sforwarriors.com/
Lei said she has two dogs coming in to her program and is hoping to place them in the region by Christmas before she heads back to the west coast early in 2017.
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