I’m parsing this story just enough to acknowledge that killing two guard dogs was not Prince William’s decision, and I actually doubt whether William was even told about the decision to put the dogs down. That being said, I still feel like William should get some of the blame, maybe? The basic story is that while William was doing his RAF job in Anglesey, the British secret service had a full security operation protecting William and Kate (and Prince George). That security operation involved guard dogs. And now that William and Kate are moving out of Wales, the dogs were put down. Because I guess when dogs serve the secret service loyally for years, that’s how they are repaid for their service. FOR THE LOVE OF!!!!
The Ministry of Defence has defended a decision to put down two guard dogs used to protect the Duke of Cambridge, days after he left his military base. The Sun reported the dogs were put down following Prince William’s final shift as a search-and-rescue pilot at RAF Valley, in Anglesey, last week.
The MoD said it always tried to rehome dogs but that it had not been possible in this case. The Dogs Trust charity said dogs were not “kit that can be decommissioned”.
The patrol dogs were said to have been part of a unit providing extra security at RAF Valley and were not providing sole protection for the duke. Belgian shepherd Brus was at the end of his working life and Blade, a German shepherd, had “behavioural issues”, said the MoD.
The duke started his training at RAF Valley in January 2009 and graduated as a search-and-rescue pilot in September 2010. He announced he was to leave the military to focus on royal duties and charity work after carrying out his final operational shift on 10 September this year.
An MoD spokesman said: “It is true two dogs have been put down, a couple of days after. It was entirely coincidental.”
He added that Blade, who also “had a record of veterinary issues”, could not be reassigned to other duties.
The spokesman said: “The department’s policy is to rehome all military working dogs at the end of their service life wherever practicable. Regrettably, however, there are occasions when they have to be put down. This action is only ever taken as a last resort. Unfortunately in this case the dogs were unsuitable for rehoming or alternative duties and so sadly, for the animals’ welfare, they had to be put down.”
The Dogs Trust said the news would sadden dog lovers and dogs were “not pieces of disposable kit that can be decommissioned at the end of their ‘useful’ military life”.
It acknowledged that not all service dogs could be rehomed but said there were alternatives for healthy dogs, such as deployment to another role or retirement to a specialist handler.
“Although it is impossible for Dogs Trust to speculate about the decisions made about Brus and Blade, we would have hoped that the loyalty the dogs had shown their handlers during their working life was reciprocated at the time of their retirement,” said the Trust, which describes itself as the UK’s largest dog rehoming charity.
Seriously, who does this? This would be the equivalent of a bomb-sniffing dog who had worked for years in the field being put down just because there were no more bombs in that particular area. Service dogs are extremely loyal creatures and I find it hard to believe that one of them – who had been properly trained and been on ‘active duty’ just days beforehand – would have behavioral issues so severe that the only option was to put him down. Those poor dogs!
So, should William get any part of the blame? Probably not. As I said, I doubt he even knew about this. But he could definitely pitch one of his infamous hissy fits and demand that all dogs serving on royal protection detail are allowed to “retire” to a nice home rather than be killed for their loyal service.
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