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Animal Welfare Visiting Scheme

What do the visitors do?

Pairs of visitors make unannounced weekly visits to check the condition of kennels, stables, police dog vans and horseboxes at the Dog and Mounted Section and to observe and report on the welfare of police dogs and horses on site. Written reports are submitted by visitors to the Commissioner’s team and any issues and concerns are discussed by the Animal Welfare Panel which meets three times a year.  Panel members include a local veterinarian, the RSPCA and the Inspector in charge of the section. 


Why is it important?

Although not a scheme required by law, the Commissioner and Chief Constable are proud of the fact that South Wales Police is one of the forces in England & Wales committed to the animal welfare visiting scheme.

The South Wales scheme began in 2001, following the death of a police dog at a different force. The lessons learned highlighted the need for a transparent and accountable scheme to provide public confidence in the way police animals are trained and cared for.    The scheme is endorsed by the RSPCA and the Dog’s Trust, and also means our force can receive gift dogs from the Dog’s Trust if they might be suitable to be trained as police dogs.

Visiting guidelines incorporate the RSPCA’s five welfare needs


Who are our volunteers ?

Volunteers are currently selected from members of the Custody Visiting Panels, who are appointed following an application process.

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