Sunday, January 13, 2008

Arson Annie

Annie, a 10-month-old bloodhound (bottom), sniffs downtown air with handler Kevin Pierce, a criminal investigator for the Texas Forest Service, during an event at the Texas Fire Museum in Beaumont on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Annie was trained to track down arsonists for the Texas Forest Service.

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Annie, a 10-month-old bloodhound (center), gives a kiss to Elizabeth Lee, 6, of Sour Lake under the watchful eye of handler Kevin Pierce (left) during an event at the Texas Fire Museum. Annie is Texas' first arson canine.


"BigToe" said...

Was it necessary to put (bottom) and (center) in your captions?

Mark M. Hancock said...

That's the style at most newspapers and wires. If we answer all questions in the cutline, we don't get a call at midnight or 6 a.m. from the desk.
It's particularly important with animals. Otherwise, you open yourself to potential (frivolous) lawsuits.
Make an image of a lawyer and a pig in one frame. Run the names without a directional ID. Then, see what happens. It's called defamation of character and worth more than most PJs earn each decade.

"BigToe" said...

Good point, Thanks