A new initiative by the Avon and Somerset Constabulary will ensure the future welfare of police horses in their mounted branch.
Concerned that their working animals, both equine and canine, are being treated humanely at all times, the Avon and Somerset Constabulary have asked the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) and the Canine Defence League to make regular inspections.
Peter Griffiths, ILPH Field Officer for the area, will make one announced and two unannounced visits a year to check on the conditions under which the horses are housed, trained and transported. The visits will be unsupervised and he will have unrestricted access to all appropriate areas.
The initial period for the inspections is three years, to be renewed by mutual agreement.
Says Peter Griffiths, "The ILPH is very pleased to have been asked by the Avon and Somerset Constabulary to inspect their equine operations. We applaud any initiative that allows public bodies to open up their doors to outside inspection, especially where animal welfare is concerned."
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