A happy retirement? Print
Monday, 04 December 2017 15:33

What happens to Army dogs at the end of their service?  After helping save hundreds of lives in places like Afghanistan, they are sent to the Defence Animal Centre in Leicestershire for detraining and preparation for re-homing in the civilian sector.  These are dogs that have led an extraordinary life on the front line and so they need to learn to relax and understand that they no longer have to work.  But despite an extensive programme of rehabilitation some dogs are just too old, unfit or dangerous for re-homing and so they are put down.  This week nine year old Belgian Shepherds Kevin and Dazz have hit the headlines as they will be destroyed unless a campaign to reprieve them succeeds.  It is understandable that dog lovers are appalled that such brave dogs will be put down but it is important to remember that in some cases, these dogs are not suitable for re-homing and, harsh as it sounds, death may well be the kinder option.