A Record probe revealed the crime-fighting dogs have been destroyed for health reasons including cancer, fractures, lameness and behavioural problems.
The shock news comes after we reported hero police dog Nero had the operation that should set him up for a happy retirement . The German shepherd was facing death by lethal injection until the Record stepped in to reveal shameful penny-pinching by Police Scotland.
Using FOI laws, it was discovered that between 2012 and 2014 two dogs were euthanised because they had cancer, one was put down for having a stomach injury, another for lameness and behavioural problems, while one was destroyed because of a leg injury.
Another was put to sleep after sustaining a fracture to the right shoulder.
Police said most of the dogs were destroyed on the advice of a vet but animal rights campaigners said euthanasia should always be a last resort.
John Patrick of Scotland for Animals, said: “This is shocking and par for the course with Police Scotland. It all boils down to money and trying to cut budgets. Police are happy to use dogs in service so they have a responsibility to look after them when they are old or injured.
“It was interesting to read that Stephen House receives up to £3000 a year to pay for his house even though his mortgage is already paid off, on top of his already large salary. Perhaps he could use some of his money to pay for the dogs’ vets bills.
“If police use these dogs, they should have the good grace to retire them and look after them.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) were horrified by the figures, claiming they showed dogs should not be used in working roles.
Elisa Allen of Peta, said: “Unlike human officers, canine officers don’t choose to enter the police force, but they still risk their lives for the community. At the end of their involuntary service they don’t want to be rewarded with a gold watch, instead they need a decent retirement.
“While euthanasia is a humane option for really sick and badly wounded animals or old and frail ones, the injuries many sustain in the line of duty prove that the police force is no place for man’s best friend unless health care is guaranteed.
“If not, then dogs should be out chasing Frisbees, not criminals.”
Police dogs across Scotland have helped trace 285 vulnerable people, recovered over £575,000 of drugs, and attended over 15,000 calls in the last year.
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