A worker who has helped set up a new fund to help police dogs after retirement has spoken out about why the scheme has been launched.
Dave Hibbert, from the Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund, told ITV Central the dogs - which include those trained to sniff out explosives, drugs and money as well as track criminals down - work "extremely hard" to protect the public.
He said they were even shot at during the summer riots in 2011.
Retired police dogs don’t just suffer from the ‘normal’ ailments associated with aging, but also the serious wear and tear that comes from years of rigorous training and working, including arthritis, hip & knee injuries, torn ligaments, back & spinal problems.
This has a huge bearing on the decision a handler must make when their dog retires.
Not only do they need to consider the practical side of living with their retired dog, but also the medical requirements & ultimately the financial implications of the ongoing treatment & care of the dog.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking for handlers to have to make this decision - especially if it purely comes down to the financial implications.
The creation of the Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund will help handlers make decisions with the sole aim of ensuring their retiring dog has the most rewarding, comfortable and enjoyable life in retirement.
A new fund aimed at looking after retired police dogs has been launched by West Midlands Police.
The canine coppers, who spend their entire lives protecting their handlers as well as chasing down criminals and sniffing out vital evidence, often suffer knee, leg and back problems later in their life.
The new Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund aims to raise cash to help pay for ongoing medical treatment after their active duties finish.