Two guard dogs that protected Prince William on RAF duty are destroyed
Two guard dogs that protected Prince William on RAF duty have been destroyed just days after he left the services because they could not be redeployed or re-homed.
The Prince left his role as a search and rescue pilot in North Wales last week and within days of his last shift, the dogs were destroyed.
The two guard dogs were named Brus and Blade and were a Belgian and German shepherd respectively. Brus was aged just seven and a half and ‘had come to the end of his work life’ and Blade who was nine and a half could not be reassigned to other duties as he had ‘a record of veterinary and behavioural issues’.
The dogs were said to have been put down on Friday and the Duke of Cambridge finished his last shift on Friday however the MOD said that this was entirely coincidental.
A spokesperson for the RAF said that: ‘The department’s policy is to re-home 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 re-homing or alternative duties and so sadly, for the animal’s welfare, they had to be put down.’
It must be noted that the dogs were not personal guard dogs of the Prince but for general protection of the RAF base. A source inside said that To be clear they were RAF Valley security patrol dogs, not sole protection for Prince William. The timing of their sad demise is purely coincidental.
'These dogs had played an invaluable role offering security to our personnel over many years and were much loved by their handlers, who had an extremely strong bond with them.
‘Sadly these dogs had a record of veterinary and behavioural issues which meant that they could not be reassigned to other duties and they were too aggressive to be kept at home.’
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Source: Daily Mail