Change in TTPS policy for retired police dogs
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An open petition will soon follow for everyone who wants change in the TTPS policy.
3rd July, 2012. Dr. Dwayne Gibbs Commissioner of Police, Trinidad & Tobago Police Service, Police Administration Building, Corner Edward and Sackville Street, Port of Spain. Dear Commissioner Gibbs, I am a veterinarian working at a veterinary hospital which currently functions as the primary center for the care of dogs attached to the Canine Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. I am writing to you on behalf of veterinarians who treat TTPS dogs, concerning the current policy employed by the police service with regards to the care of retired police dogs. Currently, when police dogs are retired, TTPS policy dictates that they are either to be auctioned or euthanised. However, in almost all cases my colleagues and I have seen, retired dogs are being euthanised or housed at the Canine Unit indefinitely. These dogs are usually geriatric and would not be purchased at auction. Furthermore, dogs in retirement housed at the Canine Unit are not getting the quality of care they deserve due to the lack of personnel available. Like most older dogs, some may have issues which require treatment or basic routine care, not euthanasia. The TTPS currently has twenty one retired dogs at its Canine Unit. As veterinarians who routinely treat and deal with the TTPS dogs we are making a request that this policy be changed so retired dogs can be neutered and be rehomed. Members of the Canine Unit have also expressed support for this change. After working with their dogs for years it is difficult to see their dogs euthanised for lack of a better alternative. Instead of being euthanised, there are many responsible owners who would gladly adopt one of these dogs and provide them with the care they need. I can assure you that my colleagues and I will personally help to find homes for these dogs at no cost to the police service. These dogs have served the police service of Trinidad and Tobago faithfully all their lives, and they deserve to have a happy, healthy and comfortable retirement. Apart from sparing the police service the burden of having to care for retired dogs, we believe this would also be a positive public initiative that would benefit the image of the police service. On behalf of veterinarians who treat TTPS dogs, I want to express our commitment to working with you to ensure the health, performance and longevity of the great dogs of the Canine Unit of the Police Service of Trinidad and Tobago. We would be happy to meet with you at any time convenient to you to discuss the matter further. Attached are signatures of veterinarians who are in support of change to the TTPS policy with respect to retired dogs. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Dr. Navita Moonan Veterinarian m: (868) 792-8967 email: email@example.com cc: Minister of National Security The Honourable Austin Jack Warner Deputy Commissioners of Police Mr. Jack Ewatski Mr. Stephen Williams Mr. Mervyn Richardson Attached are signatures of veterinarians who are in support of change to the TTPS policy as it applies to retired police dogs.