Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
Illinois Budget Cuts Removed IDOC K-9 Units
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois corrections officials had to use a K-9 unit from a county sheriff's department during a manhunt for an escaped inmate.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports that's because budget cuts slashed the five positions in the state's own K-9 unit.
An Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman says the lack of state K-9s didn't play a role in the escape by Jared Carter, who walked away from the Robinson Correctional Center and was on the run for days.
Spokesman Tom Shaer says the Crawford County dogs were at the scene in less than half an hour - faster than state dogs could have gotten there. He says the lack of state-owned dogs didn't hamper the investigation.
The dog handlers were reassigned and dogs were let go.
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