WAGs to help Wiltshire's retired police dogs

WAGs to help Wiltshire's retired police dogs

The future is brighter for Wiltshire police dogs when they retire

Wiltshire Police dog handler Neil Sampson and his police dog Anya retired earlier this year.

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Twenty four retired police dogs from Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire are to get financial support thanks to a new trust called WAGs.

The name has nothing to do with footballers’ wives and girlfriends. The acronym comes from the initial letters of the three forces involved.

Police dogs often retire with injuries they have suffered during their working lives.

Most of the dogs are difficult to insure because of the specialised training they have received.

So the full cost of any veterinary treatment has had to be met by their handler or new adopted owner.

But now WAGs, an independent, not-for-profit trust, will provide financial support for the retired police dogs from the three force areas if they need emergency care. It will not meet everyday needs such as food or annual boosters.

The forces do not offer continuing support to retired dogs but the chief constables and police and crime commissioners (PCCs) from Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire have each agreed to donate £500.

Trustees are drawn from the three forces which have combined their dog handling teams.

PC Marie Poole, a Wiltshire Police dog handler, is one of the WAGS trustees.

She said: “The 24 retired dogs have contributed to detecting crime in Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire, often in very dangerous situations.

“WAGs hopes to provide financial support should any of these retired dogs, and any additional retired police dogs, need it.

Wiltshire Police dog handler Neil Sampson and his police dog Anya retired earlier this year. Neil kindly donated his retirement collection to pay for the creation and hosting of the WAGs website.

“We are very grateful to the chief constables and PCCs for the recent contribution of £1,500.

“Now we hope that members of the public, recognising the service that the dogs have given, will make donations to help care for them in their retirement.”

Kieran Kilgallen, chief executive of the OPCC, said: “Police dogs make a big contribution to the work of Wiltshire Police. It would be insensitive not to continue to support them once they have ceased their operational duties.

“The commissioner is fully aware of the important service which these dogs perform in their working lives and is delighted to help WAGS get off the ground.”

Various fundraising events are planned and you will see WAGs at summer events. They are also keen to hear from any local businesses who may be interested in providing sponsorship for events.

To find out more, or make a donation, please visit the WAGs website www.wagsretiredpolicedogs.org or “like” the WAGs retired police dogs facebook page.

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9:55pm Tue 24 Jun 14

MiffedofWilts says...

Any money towards this great cause is fantastic...........
..but, £500 from each force, one off or every month???? That would hardly cover a basic anaesthetic for a big dog. £10,000 a year from each of the forces from their multi million pound budget's is nothing but would be huge for the fund, come on PCC's, these dogs work wonders for YOU, I remember a drug bust story where a Wiltshire dog found £50,000 worth in one day! MUST TRY HARDER, don't just wash your hands of them!!!!!!!!!
Any money towards this great cause is fantastic........... ..but, £500 from each force, one off or every month???? That would hardly cover a basic anaesthetic for a big dog. £10,000 a year from each of the forces from their multi million pound budget's is nothing but would be huge for the fund, come on PCC's, these dogs work wonders for YOU, I remember a drug bust story where a Wiltshire dog found £50,000 worth in one day! MUST TRY HARDER, don't just wash your hands of them!!!!!!!!! MiffedofWilts
  • Score: 12

1:30pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Fluffy peppa says...

MiffedofWilts wrote:
Any money towards this great cause is fantastic...........

..but, £500 from each force, one off or every month???? That would hardly cover a basic anaesthetic for a big dog. £10,000 a year from each of the forces from their multi million pound budget's is nothing but would be huge for the fund, come on PCC's, these dogs work wonders for YOU, I remember a drug bust story where a Wiltshire dog found £50,000 worth in one day! MUST TRY HARDER, don't just wash your hands of them!!!!!!!!!
I agree with you!
More money to go towards the care of the fantastic dogs, £500 is just too little
Instead a greater donation/money allocated to this amazing cause.
[quote][p][bold]MiffedofWilts[/bold] wrote: Any money towards this great cause is fantastic........... ..but, £500 from each force, one off or every month???? That would hardly cover a basic anaesthetic for a big dog. £10,000 a year from each of the forces from their multi million pound budget's is nothing but would be huge for the fund, come on PCC's, these dogs work wonders for YOU, I remember a drug bust story where a Wiltshire dog found £50,000 worth in one day! MUST TRY HARDER, don't just wash your hands of them!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I agree with you! More money to go towards the care of the fantastic dogs, £500 is just too little Instead a greater donation/money allocated to this amazing cause. Fluffy peppa
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