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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 October, 2004, 14:10 GMT 15:10 UK
Police dog handler suspended
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An Alsatian patrol dog was allegedly found in poor living conditions
A South Wales police dog handler has been suspended from duty after being accused of failing to care for his two dogs.

An Alsatian patrol dog and a King Charles spaniel sniffer dog were allegedly found in poor living conditions at his house.

South Wales Police officers complained after the highly-trained hounds appeared "bedraggled".

The animals have now been re-homed with another handler.

The Alsatian and spaniel have been taken out of service while they get used to their new owner.

Superintendent Paul Edmunds confirmed concerns had been raised over the well-being of the two dogs at the officer's home in south Wales.

He said: "A police officer has been suspended from duty following information received concerning the welfare of two police dogs.

"On receiving this information the head of the dog and mounted section recovered two dogs.

"Neither have been ill-treated but there were concerns for their welfare.

"Both have been examined and an investigation launched.

"The welfare, well-being and safety of our police dogs is paramount to this force."

Officers from the force have now carried out inspections at all 44 handlers' homes to monitor the dogs' living conditions.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been informed.

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