MILITARY chiefs have hit back at stories linking Prince William’s RAF Valley departure with two guard dogs being put down.
Several media outlets this week reported that two military working dogs who guarded the Duke of Cambridge were euthanised teo days after his departure.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) confirmed that the dogs were euthanised for “medical and behavioural issues” and the timing was “purely coincidental.”
A spokesman said: “Whilst security was increased during Prince William’s tour of RAF Valley, which included the introduction of canine security patrols, these dogs and with their handlers, were not solely assigned to the Duke of Cambridge as personal protection; their role was to patrol the station as a whole to protect all military personnel, equipment and facilities.
“This role will continue at RAF valley with the introduction of replacement military working dogs.”
Blade aged nine, a German Shepherd and seven year old Belgian Shepherd Brus were put down for health reasons.
He said the MOD’s policy ws to re-home all military working dogs at the end of their service life “wherever practicable.”
The spokesman added: “Regrettably, however there are occasions when MWDs have to be put down - this action is only ever taken as a last resort.
“These dogs had played an invaluable role offering security to our personnel over many years and were much loved by their handlers who had an extremely strong bond with them.
“These dogs had a record of veterinary and behavioural issues which meant that they could not be reassigned to other duties and they were too aggressive to be kept at home and so sadly, for the animal’s welfare, they had to be put down. “