‘Dangerous’ police dogs allowed

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

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Ok, had to goggle it. This is a type of sheep dog, similar to a German Shepherd. Thick fur, similar to a shepherd, unfortunately. They should have picked a shorter-haired breed, i.e. doberman, because of our climate. Belgian Malinois are often used as police dogs.

    I think its great that we are getting more police dogs — the RCIPS can certainly use them. Cheaper than more police officers, and they dont complain or call in sick. Run faster too!

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  2. Let me get a few things straight here, the RCIPS is getting new dogs to do , as the story tells, sniffing. I dont believe one needs a Belgian Malinois to do that, a lot of dogs dog can be trained to do that including most mutts, or do they think it looks silly to come up with a shelter dog that could do a perfect job but does not look too ferocious to be taken serious? Malinois are primarily used and trained to hunt down and capture human beings therefore so much more for protection and attack then anything else, similar to the German Shepherd and Doberman but sure, they can sniff too.

    I alaso would like to know what the intent is with the dogs that are to be retired. Will they be humanely destroyed too or will they recieve the reward of remaining life after their faithful service to the community by donating them to their current handlers with full support by the community to care for them? Or is that privilege reserved only for the worst criminals among us and keep them alive forever in our cells with all amenities attached to that? Seems only fair and justified to the dogs to receive at least that privilege too dont you think?

    And in response to the comment by CaymanMermaid, bullets go much faster then any dog in the world.

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  3. Could the Government perhaps also do something about the dangerous feral dogs roaming the island? This weekend I had to rescue my neighbours cat which was being savaged by three strange dogs, and its not the first time such events have happened in our neighbourhood.

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  4. The people who do not get their animals spayed/neutered despite the lengths the Humane Society goes to to provide free/cheap procedures, and the people who dump their pets on the side of the road are the problem… the government needs to do something about them.

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi

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  5. Agree with youngblud. The problem of stray dogs would not exist, if it wasnt for the idiots who let them wander/abandon them.

    It takes discipline and love in order to have a dog, something many of these fools have no idea about, but hey, as long as your dog looks like one youve seen in a music video with some bad boys, then who cares.

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  6. Looking at other comments arent things getting off-beam in terms of the issue at hand. i.e the type of police dogs being used.

    If you are a policeman trying to subdue a criminal it doesnt seem to make much sense to use a Shitzu or a poodle (unless its a big one). You need something large with matching teeth to bring the bad guy down. Police dogs are well-trained and generally well looked after by their police handler.

    Most dogs are controllable when exposed to proper nurture and affection, just like people. Similarly, vicious dogs are a product of their bad treatment by the humans that are in charge of them.

    Its a shame that not all human dog owners treat their furry chums with the love and respect that they deserve. Personally I would be all in favour of more police dogs, they are undemanding and very effective in dealing with the bad boys.

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