Firstly we want to be clear that Debbie Connolly, our founder has worked alongside Police, Security and other working handlers for many years. We have helped lots of dogs make a safe transition into or out of working homes. To this end, after years of doing this, we created Bravo Working Dog Rescue this year to formalise this work. Whilst a few companies have supported this work, many, including Police have continued dangerous rehoming practises.
There have been several cases in just the last 3 months that concern us. A firearms support dog retiring, given to a lurcher rescue (?) for rehoming after the force in question saw them fundraising outside a supermarket. Yes, that’s how they chose them to rehome THREE retiring dogs at once. Despite a serious incident when a dog was with the rescue, they have all continued with this, even though I drew the force’s attention to my rescue. The RSPCA are interested in looking into this.
Another has an entire 3 year old dog who is retiring due to injury. The force has rehomed him twice already, he is not castrated and even though this force knows we have a retired handler looking for a pet dog, has refused to hand over the dog or get him castrated.
A third is a security company retiring a Springer aged 9. He is still a lively dog, has never lived indoors, has already been passed on twice and still they won’t let us have the dog as they preferred to sell him.
Add to that a Rottie we recently had to help get back that had gone from a rescue to a guy claiming to be a security dog handler and trainer. He was not trained or qualified in dog handling and therefore not insured either. He took the dog from rescue, attempted to train it then thankfully was spotted when selling it. It was easy to check he had lied about his qualifications, so why wasn’t this done before he was given the dog?
We must stress here that many private security companies have properly trained and qualified dog handing staff. But there are still too many conning people. Many Police Forces have dogs that retire happily with handlers, but some don’t.
If you are a rescue or a private individual thinking of donating a dog to Police or security, please check them out thoroughly. There are individuals, companies and forces we would not recommend and many we would. We can at least give you advice that help you to decide what to ask and whether your dog is safe for a lifetime.
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