Special provision has been made
under Cayman’s Animals Law (Regulations 2011) to allow local police to import
and use new dogs for lawful purposes.
Six new Belgian Malinois ordered
last year by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service are considered ‘prohibited
animals’ under the Animals Law (2003) revision. They are being brought in to
replace the RCIPS’ aging group of dogs.
According to police, all six dogs
will be trained as general purpose K-9 patrol officers; two will be trained to
search for firearms, explosives and drugs.
The new regulations pertaining to
the Malinois prevent any person from breeding them, selling or exchanging them
or advertising them for sale, giving them to someone or abandoning them at the
time they are in charge of the stray.
“No person shall have a police dog
in his possession or custody unless such police dog is registered pursuant to
this regulation,” the regulation reads.
The regulations also allows the
chief veterinary officer of the Agriculture Department to have the dog
“destroyed humanely” if the police commissioner determines that it will no
longer by kept by the RCIPS. Another person can acquire the Belgian Malinois
only with the express permission of the police commissioner.
The changes were approved in
Cabinet on 15 March.
Generally, such prohibited animals
as the Belgian Malinois are not allowed into Cayman unless special conditions
for their kennelling and care are met. However, the Animals Law does allow
government to exempt certain animals from those prohibitions.
Section 88 of the Animals Law: “The
governor may, by writing under his hand for purposes of…protecting human life
or aircraft operations, exempt either absolutely or for such time and subject
to such conditions as he may think fit, any person or institution from all or
any of the provisions of this law.”
When the new patrol dogs arrive,
they will have to spend about two months training and becoming familiar with
their new handlers.
The police service
will retire its remaining K-9s, most which are now beyond retirement age –
about eight years for police dogs