Police Dogs - The Full Picture! Plus What Happens After 2010?
Article obtained from www.nspca.co.za
Media appeals asking individuals to donate their pets to the South African Police Service (SAPS) are not telling the whole story according to the National Council of SPCAs.
The SAPS has a recruitment drive ahead of 2010 and the public is being asked to assist by donating dogs to the SAPS.
What they aren't being told is that not every dog is suitable. Dogs undergo a training process - and those that fail are donated to the SPCA. So please do not conclude that every dog donated remains with the police.
Previously, dogs that were found to be unsuitable were auctioned. The National Council of SPCAs was instrumental in working with the SAPS to have this system changed as it was open to exploitation by breeders plus security companies obtaining dogs this way. There were no welfare checks (background checks on buyers or checks on the properties where the dogs would be taken) when dogs no longer required by the SAPS were sold off in this way.
SPCAs will not supply the police, security companies, defence force or any other company or commercial operation with dogs. Animals adopted from an SPCA go to homes in the sense of domestic properties where the animals will live as and be treated as pets / companion animals. Pre-home checks are carried out. Animals are sterilised before being adopted and a legally binding agreement signed between the individual SPCA and the adopter.
One vital question is what will happen to the dogs once 2010 is over.