Butch the retired metro police dog put down

2015-06-18 22:05
Butch (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Butch (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Johannesburg - Butch, the retired police dog at the centre of a row over whether he could spend his twilight years with his handler, has been put down.

"He was taken by the SPCA and euthanised," said DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard who was lobbying for him to be allowed to be homed with his handler.

"They said he was vicious," said Kohler Barnard, adding that his heartbroken handler at the Isipingo Metro unit did not think this of his trusty hound.

Butch's plight came to light when Barnard, two SPCA inspectors and an SPCA-linked veterinarian, visited two Metro Police kennels after reports by News24 that the Dog Unit was short of puppy food and shampoo, and veterinary bills were piling up.

A donation to the City’s Dog Unit last week of food, medical supplies and toys for the dogs was apparently turned away, causing outrage.

A spokesperson for Ethekwini Metro Police was not available to comment, but concern was raised over this, and the fate of the older police dogs who had spent their lives in service.

Kohler Barnard said at the time that Butch's handler had been refused permission to take him home.

"I found myself wondering if ratepayers who pay for the existence of this unit, know of this directive. That unlike the SAPS units... the Metro units refuse to allow handlers to take the dog home to live out its retirement after it has fought crime day and night for a decade."

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