Well after this, and this, some of the other media headlines and some of the comments put onto the news forums and elsewhere, as well as some of the messages I have seen, it seems that all Police Dog Handlers are now viewed as the scum of the earth in some areas.
Get one thing straight.
This is extremely tragic news.
Not for the person or persons involved, not even for the Police Force involved, but for the dogs.
No dog deserves to lose its life stuck inside a overheated van, if this is what actually occurred.
However, there are many things I do not yet know.
How long the van was left and its position in relation to shade or cover ?
Was the vehicle a dog van or a private vehicle or a vehicle suitable to carry dogs in (fitted with a secure carrier or cage) ?
Were any doors or windows left open ?
Were any doors or windows closed and if so for what reason ?
Did the vehicle have air conditioning and was it left on ?
Why was the vehicle left for a length of time to allow this to happen ?
Had any of the dogs had any history of respiratory illness ?
These questions have not yet been answered in a public forum and yet seem to have been judged already.
Irresponsible actions that lead to this type of tragedy cannot be condoned and if a lack of care or neglect can be proved the person or persons responsible should be punished for what has been allowed to occur.
This will be of no consequence to the unfortunate dogs and will go some little way to show that the Police are liable as anyone else for what they get wrong.
This will be enough for some and will never, ever be enough for others.
Dogs handlers are seriously caring about the welfare of their dogs.
I have assumed that this is without question, clearly I might be wrong in this case because of the outcome of Tuesdays events.
All Police officers engaged in the training, care and welfare of our dogs will feel very uncomfortable about this.
It is not because of the media coverage, or the negative impact caused by comments and statements from experts, nor the chance given to anti-police elements to have another opportunity to put the boot in again.
It is because of the death of two dogs in a way that simply should not happen and should have been avoidable.
Until I know more I cannot offer any other comment.
Trust me on this, every Police dog handler, and I mean every single Police dog handler in the country, wants to know what happened and how it was allowed to happen. Simply because it should not have happened.
Please feel free to continue to put up your comments.
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