25th July 2006, 02:54 PM
O/T But please SOS!!!!!
Taken from many Tears website......
SOS ( SAVE OUR SAXON)
A PLEA TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A FAITHFUL, LOYAL HONEST POLICE DOG
I refer to you article with regards to the happy retirement of police dog Kye who was serving with Gwent Police.
Kye was due to be put down at the end of his service however thanks to your article the police have now allowed him to remain with his handler and enjoy the rest of his life and retirement at home.
My Husband is a serving police dog handler and home office police dog instructor with Gwent police and for the past 4 years has had the honour and privilege of handling the most wonderful police dog.
Saxon who is a 5-year-old German Shepherd has been an extremely loyal and faithful servant of the police force and has been responsible for detecting many criminals.
Saxon has been my husband’s partner, sole mate trusted friend and loyal companion during his service and on many occasions my husband has been alone in very dangerous situations with only himself and Saxon to arrest serious and sometimes violent criminals.
Both my husband and Saxon have been commended for their team efforts they even had a personal letter from the chief constable on one occasion.
My husband’s stories to me are endless and amazing and I feel safe in the knowledge that Saxon has and will put his own life in front of my husbands to protect and look after him.
When off duty Saxon lives at home and is looked after by the whole family, my daughter takes him for walks and always plays with him.
Saxon lives both in his kennel and inside our home where his favourite place is on the sofa next to my husband, sometimes I just don’t get a look in they are like a married couple.
For the past 3 months Saxon has been housed at the police kennels at Glascoed where he has been looked after by the police dog handlers whilst my husband has been away.
A few weeks ago my husband was informed that Saxon was not to be re licensed as police dog and senior officers were to make a decision as to his future.
This was happening at the same time as Kye and we suspected that they were to put both Saxon and Kye down at the end of their service.
My husband stated his case and made representations on Saxons behalf offering him a retirement home with us as his family for the rest of his life.
We were as a family more than happy for this to happen, Saxon is not a danger, as anyone who knows him or has looked after him will testify.
We were and are prepared to sign any agreement as to liability issues with regards to him.
Today my husband was informed that Saxon is to be destroyed and the reason given as being ‘the responsible thing to do’
My husband is distraught and extremely upset this dog has meant so much to him over the years however as a serving officer cannot do anything about it due to the restrictions imposed on him by the service!
He has no voice,BUT I AND MY FAMILY DO
Therefore I want to make an appeal for Saxons life and I feel that the general public should be made aware of the facts, please help us to SAVE OUR SAXON.
The police use Usk vetenary surgery at usk for all the vetenary care for police dogs, surely they cannot nor any other vetenary surgey be asked to put down a perfectly healthy, fit and loyal dog just because it has come to the end of his service?
The Police management will argue that he is a dangerous dog, well that’s just nonsense, just ask all the handlers and kennel staff who look after him, all the officers who know and respect him, ask them who is the best Police dog in gwent? And guess who they will say.
I feel that the police management are treating this living animal with no regard whatsoever, like a disposable tool, he has had his use and now its time to get rid of him.
Is this the thanks that they give to a loyal and faithful servant?
Will they do the same to other dogs in the future?
How can anyone now donate dogs to the Police Service knowing that they will be destroyed at the end of their service.
The truth about Gwent Police dog section must be heard.
The Article that you wrote about Kye was given to you for the sole intention of saving his life.
If you had not published the article then Kye would be dead.
Ask the Police how many other dogs they have had killed.
The police have members of the public assigned to monitor the health safety and welfare of Police dogs, well where are they in this case and what are they doing, are they just puppets on the police’s strings?
Yes Saxon is the property of Gwent Police service that are answerable to the general public and police by consent.
Saxon belongs to the people of gwent who he has protected whilst we all sleep at night, who has caught criminals breaking into our homes, who has with my husband caught numerous car thieves who has faced armed and violent criminals alone, who has found missing children cleaning their faces, who has represented Gwent Police at Regional Police Dog Trials, who has taken part in open day events, the list goes on and on.….SO MUCH FOR A DANGEROUS DOG.
Saxons days are numbered he due to be put to sleep we need your help now, please help to save this wonderful dog.
Please guys, email!!!
To register your opposition to killing Saxon please e-mail the following
25th July 2006, 03:02 PM
I have just sent a copy of it to 'The Sun' hopefully they might pick up on it and try and help him.
25th July 2006, 03:12 PM
Thanks Donna - have just seen this too and e-mailed the police...
I do not understand why Saxon is considered dangerous when they have been happy for him to live with his family whilst he has been in service? If they believe him to be dangerous, why would this be allowed to happen?
The family are happy to accept libality, and I think that Saxon deserves to retire to his loving caring home, a small reward for his remarkable service.
I'm hoping that they will be swamped wtih e-mails and will be forced to change their minds.
25th July 2006, 03:19 PM
This is one of the 'dark sides' to service dogs -- what happens to the 'failures' and retirees -- I have been told even sniffer dogs are put down in some cases!! "Excess to needs". Some over here have put pressure on police/security to have some sort of public policy on these issues -- not least because they recruit prospective dogs from many rescues and shelters.
I'd contact the RSPCA on this too.
In memory: Lucy
25th July 2006, 04:29 PM
Have written a mail to the address provided. I'm aghast that this seems to be common enough practise.
25th July 2006, 04:39 PM
I have emailed them also......
25th July 2006, 04:55 PM
Thanks Donna for doing this.
When I told you about it lunch time during one of our daily natters I thought you would try and help, so a very big thank you for putting it in here and thank you to any one that e-mails about him......
please, please do.
I saw this item first thing this a.m when I was on their web site looking for Cavaliers to put in the rescue section here....thanks again Donna.
Alison, Wilts, U.K.
25th July 2006, 05:23 PM
This is disgusting - I've mailed them too.
25th July 2006, 06:13 PM
I am even more disgusted as this boy has been offered a secure home - it's not as if he's going to someone who hasn't a clue about ex-service dogs! Our GSD was an ex-police dog and I couldn't have wished for a more loyal, loving girl.
I have been wracking my brains to think if I know any of the higher ups in Gwent police but I don't think I do. Am going to ask hubs when he gets in from work.
I think I might e-mail Downing St too. I am fuming and really feel for that poor boy stuck in those darned kennels with an uncertain future.
The thing is with Police, Prison etc etc is that they have the officers over a barrel - doesn't stop the wives from getting things done though, does it?
25th July 2006, 06:24 PM
What a terrible fate for a fine K-9 officer. I have sent an email, too.