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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Ethics Commission
    ruled two state-owned bloodhounds, as public servants, cannot serve
    as pitchdogs in television ads for dog food.
    Buckeye Feed Mills Inc. of Dalton, Ohio, provides free food for
    the Division of Forestry's bloodhounds. But the commission ruled
    Thursday that allowing the dogs to appear in the company's ads
    would violate the state Ethics Act, which bars public servants from
    using their public positions for their own private financial gain
    or the gain of others.
    In this case, the dogs' public office would be used for the
    company's private gain, the commission said.
    "The commission has previously held that commercial endorsement
    of private sector products or services by governmental agencies is
    acceptable only when it is a part of a program which results in
    overriding public benefit," the commission's opinion said. "That
    is not the case here."
    Forestry officials had wanted the dogs to appear in the ads to
    promote public awareness of the agency's bloodhound program. The
    dogs are used in investigations of arson-related forest fires.
    The commission's opinions are nonbindng, but Division of
    Forestry spokesman Steve Young said the agency would abide by
    Thursday's decision.
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    allowing the dogs to appear in the company's ads
    would violate the state Ethics Act, which bars public servants from
    using their public positions for their own private financial gain
    or the gain of others.
    In this case, the dogs' public office would be used for the
    company's private gain, the commission said.
    "The commission has previously held that commercial endorsement
    of private sector products or services by governmental agencies is
    acceptable only when it is a part of a program which results in
    overriding public benefit," the commission's opinion said. "That
    is not the case here."
    If public awareness of these dogs would prevent one person from setting a fire, I wonder how much money would be saved in the suppression, investigation, and prosecution costs? Anybody wanna bet that it wouldn't exceed the value of the dog food?

    In this case, the dogs' public office would be used for the
    company's private gain, the commission said.
    It seems pretty clear that the bloodhounds aren't the only mutts capable of holding public office.
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    well said, Brother!!!!
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    Does this also apply to the Subway ad featuring Henry, Clay Henry?

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    Hey y'all,
    does this mean that Smokey the Bear won't be coming out of retirement?

    Ditto to Captain G!

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    Okay....as ridiculous as this whole scenario is...imagine the scene when they bring the dogs before the Ethics board...on charges that the dogs acted unethically.

    Raise your right paw and repeat after me?

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    Originally posted by NJFFSA16
    Okay....as ridiculous as this whole scenario is...imagine the scene when they bring the dogs before the Ethics board...on charges that the dogs acted unethically.

    Raise your right paw and repeat after me?

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    getting indicted?! That would sure make for a 'ruff' day......I guess you'd be dog-tired after all that. Taking a 'paws' after all that activity, maybe you would 'furget' what all the ado was about?

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