Update 9/21/13: According to Saturday's publication of the Telegraph, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) is making changes to their policy with regards to working canines who are no longer needed for service.
Following the revelation that 288 dogs have been destroyed by the MoD since 2010, and the recent public outcry after Blade and Brus were euthanized, the MoD has agreed that dogs who are no longer needed will be evaluated by a military vet and an experienced handler, before a decision is made about putting the dogs down.
The MoD insisted that Blade and Brus' deaths had nothing to do with them no longer being needed, but they were destroyed just days after Prince Williams final shift at the base where they were working as guard dogs. The MoD insists that it was merely a "coincidence" that the dogs were killed so soon after they were no longer needed.
Just days after Prince William completed his three-year deployment as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, two dogs who had served to help protect the RAF Valley, Anglesey, base where he was stationed, were destroyed, reported Wednesday's Mirror Online.
A Ministry of Defense spokesman referred to the two dogs as part of a "package" for security and denied that their primary function was to protect the 31-year-old duke.
The spokesman did confirm that two dogs, a German Shepherd named "Blade," and Belgian Shepherd named "Brus," were destroyed, but claimed that their deaths were due to behavioral and veterinary issues, adding that the timing, with relation to William's departure, was purely "coincidental."
The dogs were said to be "unsuitable" for rehoming and it was explained that putting them down was a "last resort."
The dogs who were euthanized were seven years of age and nine years of age.
Individuals who have just learned about the patrol dogs' untimely demise are shocked and saddened by their death - some have expressed dismay that behavior and health issues were cited for putting them down, when they were apparently disciplined and healthy enough to perform their security duties just prior to Prince William's departure.
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