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Thumbs down Ministry of Defence defends decision to put down 288 dogs in three years

The Military of Defence (MoD) has put down 288 dogs in the past three years, new figures show.

Among those humanely killed, 81 were because of age, 61 due to osteoarthritis and 33 were related to dangerous temperament.

The dogs were put down by the MoD from January 2010 to June this year, according to the Sun.

An MoD spokesman said the decision was only taken as a ‘last resort’ following veterinary advice.

‘We make every effort to re-home all military working dogs at the end of their service life and hundreds have gone to those closely associated with the animal while it was serving, or to others within the military community,’ they said.

‘Regrettably, due to the nature of their work some dogs can develop veterinary problems and it would be inappropriate and inhumane to re-home them.

‘The vast majority of dogs put down over the past three years was based on a veterinary diagnosis which concluded that the animal’s condition impeded their quality of life.

‘In certain circumstances, the veterinarian judges that it is unsafe to re-home the animal because of the risk they pose to the public or where re-homing them would conflict with the animal’s welfare.’

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The figures emerged after it was revealed that two guard dogs used to protect the Duke of Cambridge were euthanised within days of him leaving his military base.

A spokesman for the Dogs Trust charity said: ‘Dogs are not pieces of disposable kit that can be decommissioned at the end of their useful military life.

‘We fully understand that most service dogs cannot be rehomed as pets. Deployment to another role or retirement to a specialist handler are two alternative options.’
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