Australian police force unveils 'SAUSAGE' dogs in hilarious April Fools' prank
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This April Fools’ joke went to the dogs.
Australian police unveiled a new fighting force to enhance the protection of average citizens and neighborhoods alike: the Small Area Urban Searching And Guided Evacuation Dogs unit, or “SAUSAGE Dogs.”
South Australia Police unveiled the new unit of three Dachshunds with a video posted online to describe the reasons why they wanted to introduce the crime-fighting dogs.
“What this is going to do is really give us a new element of what we can offer up to the South Australia community,” Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said of the new recruits. “It’s been really hard work lifting those 40-kilo Shepherds, especially above your head.”
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The SAUSAGE dogs are purebred, the force said, and they allow the police to cut costs and take new tactical approaches: their lighter size allows police to “chuck” them into hard-to-reach spaces to finish operations.
“We can chuck them under cars, under cupboards and things like that,” Stevens continued. He even — jokingly — suggested that they might attach the dogs to drones and “tactically deploy them” into people’s homes and other hard-to-reach locations.
Of course, the SAUSAGE unit is an elaborate April Fools’ joke that the police had fun putting together, attaching a disclaimer on their website to ensure that none of the dogs were harmed in making the video.
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“SAPOL would like to thank all those who provided positive comment to our story and to reassure everyone that no Dachshund was actually attached to a drone; flown to any location; or placed in any harm during the making of this video. Who knows maybe this concept might actually work sometime in the future,” the disclaimer read.
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