Hans and Ringo, Ohio Highway Patrol drug-sniffing dogs, are so aggressive that they’ve done thousands of dollars of damage to cars and trucks after catching the faintest whiff of marijuana, cocaine, or heroin emanating from the closed vehicles, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The patrol has paid $7,500 in settlements in the last five years to 13 people, most of them state prison guards whose vehicles were clawed by Hans or Ringo. In two cases, guards whose cars were being searched to make sure they weren’t using drugs or smuggling them into prison said the dogs all but used their cars as trampolines.
Lt. Dean Laubacher, commander of the patrol post in near Toledo, doesn’t believe Hans and Ringo caused that much damage. “I can’t say it didn’t happen, but we don’t train our canines to jump onto vehicles,” he said. “We train them to sniff windows and the seam areas, and they will stand on their back legs to sniff that area,” sometimes leaving small scratches. Told of a $1,350 claim, he said, “Common sense tells you it couldn’t cost $1,300 to repair a scratch.”