It beggars belief that wombles are upset over the use of drug dogs to detect meth cooks in apartment buildings.
Only a Newspaper on Sunday could take the side of meth cooks.
Sniffer dogs are being used to scour city apartment blocks for drugs.
The specially trained dogs are making regular patrols of common spaces in up to 80 Auckland apartment buildings, where body corporate committees have hired them from a private company.
But a tenants’ advocacy group has questioned whether neighboring residents would be told if drugs were detected in their building – and the Privacy Commissioner has expressed concerns.
NZ Detector Dogs managing director Janet Williams said demand was “huge” and increasing since they began offering the service about five years ago.
“We don’t have to advertise. It’s all from word of mouth.”
The dogs were only used in common areas, including passageways, and did not enter apartments. If they smelled drugs that information was passed to building managers, Williams said.
“It’s similar to having a smoke alarm in a hallway. There’s a risk, we need to maybe just find out where the smell is coming from and follow up. It’s not about people smoking dope in their apartments, it’s about P labs. It is protecting people’s investment and the health and safety of the entire building.”
If a lab was suspected the company recommended building managers call police, she said.
However, Tenants’ Protection Association manager Helen Gatonyi questioned whose responsibility it was to contact police and inform other residents of a suspected P lab.
“I suspect a lot of people would not want to inform police because it’s $50,000 to remediate.”