To many dog lovers and humane supporters, euthanizing the two guard dogs last week used for extra security for Prince William during his military service seems callous and heartless, but reports say the timing was just a coincidence.
A Belgian shepherd named Brus and a German shepherd named Blade were put to sleep on Friday with a report stating the dogs could not be "redeployed or placed with a family."
The Sun's headline on Wednesday morning read "Rexecuted" with a source telling the newspaper:
“Brus and Blade were in a two-dog section set up specifically to protect William. They patrolled the station to protect military personnel, equipment and facilities. But once the prince left the unit was closed.”
According to VanityFair.com, nine-and-a-half year-old Brus suffered from spine and hip issues, and seven-and-a-half-year-old Blade had behavioral issues when around other dogs. The Ministry of Defense stated the policy for military dogs is to “re-home all military working dogs at the end of their service life wherever practicable.”
Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are known to be animal lovers. In fact, British tabloids reveal the couple's cocker spaniel, Lupo was instrumental in helping the couple name their newborn son.
What does Prince William think of his dogs being euthanized? Most animal lovers in the United States probably think it's a darn shame.
Rest in peace Brus and Blade.
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