Armed Forces: Dogs

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military dogs have been destroyed in each year since 2012; and what the reason for each such destruction was.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Decisions to euthanise any animal in military service are only taken by a veterinarian officer after all possible treatment avenues have been exhausted and where it is considered to be the most humane option for the animal. The only other scenario where an animal would be euthanised is where it is considered to pose a risk to public safety.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the then Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, (Anna Soubry) on 24 November 2014 to Question 205235 and the answer I gave on 22 June 2015 to Question 2717; both to the hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones). Information relating to dogs euthanised by the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2015 can be found below:

Reason

2015-16

2016-17 (to 06/03/17)

Abdominal Catastrophe

3

4

Cardiac Disease

2

1

Unsuitable for re-homing

40

17

Malignant Neoplasia

7

-

Multiple Chronic Disease Processes

4

-

Neurological Disease

4

3

Osteoarthritis

13

8

Bone Marrow Disorder

1

-

Cellulitis of RF necrotic and slough

1

-

Chronic Hygromas

1

-

Cruciate rupture

-

1

Nasal Ulceration

-

1

Pleurisy not responding to treatment

1

-

Right Carpal hyperextension

1

-

Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament

1

-

Chronic Dermatitis

-

1

Total

79

36

1 The animal is not suitable for re-homing based on behaviour and temperament, with potential consequences for an individual’s welfare.

205235 - MOD Working Dogs (Word Document, 16.11 KB)
2717 - Military Dogs (Word Document, 19.17 KB)

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