Porter Police Dog Gets Cold Shoulder From City Council
His full name is Quattro Von Brookhaven, but his friends call him Q.
"Q is a whole lot shorter," said his handler, Lee Phillips.
Officer Lee Phillips is Q's partner, or was, until the city council gave Q the boot.
"They just said that we don't have the need for a police dog here," he said.
"What are you people doing?," asked Dee Raney. Her fireworks stand just happens to be stocked with a perfect example of what she think thinks of the council's decision.
"It doesn't make any sense to me," she said.
Nor does it make any sense to the chief of police.
"I don't know what small town, police chief or city council wouldn't agree to have that," said chief Darryl Jay.
Especially since Q has been all but free to the town, due to Lee's generosity.
"I got the kennel for the car donated, I paid for the school, I bought the dog," he said.
Have you ever met the dog? "Not personally," replied Dennis Holmes, one of the three councilors who decided to axe Q.
"If something happen with the dog, do some kind of damage, the town would be liable," he said.
So far, the only damage he's done is to the drug world, finding 22 pounds of pot. And even if he were to bite somebody...
"It's covered in the insurance, yes," said the mayor, who's approval of Q is in the minority.
"I'm out voted 3 to 2," he said.
Do you not see the dog as an asset? "Uh, not really," said Holmes.
To hopefully change that opinion a survey has been circulated, with the vast majority supporting Q.
"Why not let him continue to do what he's doing so he can better the community?" asked Raney.
"He's a cop at heart and that's what he needs to be doing, not sitting at the house," said Phillips.