Online campaign for veteran cop to keep his dog

2016-02-23 10:27
Bear (Supplied to News24)

Bear (Supplied to News24)

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Durban - An online petition to allow a veteran police dog handler to retire with his dog Bear is sweeping across the social media space.

Police dog handler Lieutenant Jack Haskins is set to retire in May this year after decades of distinguished service.

His departure is expected to be bittersweet, as his Search and Rescue dog Bear will remain behind, with many years of service still to offer.

The man behind the petition, Capetonian Mervyn Bremner, told News24 that the decision to start the movement had been easy to make.

"At the Midmar Mile, I was chatting to Jack concerning his upcoming retirement and asked him if he was able to take his dog with him and his reply was no. I could immediately sense intense disappointment whilst speaking to Jack," he said.

"I got back to Cape Town and this was of great concern to me, hence the petition," Bremner added.

"Jack has served not only his country with distinction, but has also assisted in many search and rescue operations in various other countries as well.

"My opinion is that Jack, despite retiring from the SAPS, will continue for many years to be of assistance not only to the police, but to various other organisations, hence the dog would not be lost to service, but would continue to be active,"' he said.

KwaZulu-Natal police were asked to comment but had not responded by time of publication.

- To sign the petition, click here.

Lieutenant Jack Haskins and Bear (Supplied to News24)

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