WASHINGTON, DC, November 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Through her work at the American Humane Association, Dr. Robin Ganzert strives to recognize the extraordinary contributions of animals in human lives. Dogs in particular have a very close tie to humans. They serve not only as family pets, but as valuable members of society. There are many service dogs that hold important jobs and help humans in a variety of ways. The work of one type of service dog in particular is now forever honored by a bronze sculpture in Washington, D.C. A recent article
in The Sacramento Bee takes a closer look at this fitting tribute to arson dogs and their handlers and all that it stands for. Dr. Robin Ganzert is proud that the American Humane Association could co-sponsor this monument along with State Farm.
The National Fire Dog Monument honors the work of arson dogs and their handlers. These partners are tasked with searching fire scenes to determine if the fire was intentionally set. Dogs have very sensitive noses and are trained to detect common accelerants such as gasoline, kerosene, and lighter fluid. They alert their handler if they pick up the scent of one of these substances. The handler will then take a sample and it will go to a lab for analysis. Arson dogs have played an instrumental role in arresting arsonists and reducing the rate of these dangerous crimes.
Jerry Means is an arson dog handler with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and is the one that thought up the idea for the statue. He is also a volunteer with the AHA's Red Star emergency response teams. He wanted to honor and recognize the work of Erin, his previous arson dog. His new canine partner, Sadie, has also done an outstanding job. She was named the Law Enforcement/Arson Dog of the Year at the 2011 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Means' design was brought to life by Austin Weishel. A firefighter himself, he sculpted the monument in exquisite detail. The life-size bronze sculpture depicts an arson dog handler gazing down at his dog after a job well done. It captures the remarkable human-animal bond between the dogs and their handlers.
The sculpture toured across the United States last year during a two-week road show. It started in Denver, Colorado, and made stops in cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, and New York City. The monument was recently unveiled and dedicated at its permanent home. It sits outside of Engine Company 2 at 500 F Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., where the public has access to view it.
Together State Farm and the American Humane Association sponsored the monument. State Farm provides scholarship funding for the acquisition and training of arson dogs. They have also given a $25,000 grant to the AHA's Red Star Team, which provides disaster relief assistance to animals across the country.
"This monument reminds us all of the deep human-animal bond that exists," says Dr. Robin Ganzert. "Arson dogs play an integral role in the protection of society, and their work serves as an inspiration to us all about the strength of this bond." Dr. Robin Ganzert encourages people to take the time to recognize the extraordinary contributions of ordinary dogs everywhere.
Since 2010 Robin Ganzert has served as the president and CEO of the American Humane Association. This organization is dedicated to protecting the wellness, welfare, and well-being of animals and children everywhere. The Hero Dog Awards and Red Star Rescue are just two of the many initiatives that Dr. Ganzert has played an instrumental role in growing and supporting. She is committed to helping the organization to thrive and provide even more valuable assistance to animals and children throughout the world.