HC Deb 17 December 1946 vol 431 c369W
Sir G. Fox

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that an order was made on 27th November at the M.E.F. station where No. 32 squadron is serving that all dogs thereon were to be shot with the exception of five registered dogs; that the weapon used for their destruction was a 12-bore sports gun using six shot cartridges; that one of the dogs which was tied to another for destruction was blinded in one eye by shooting, but is still living at the station; and whether steps will be taken to prevent unnecessary cruelty of this kind.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Three dogs at this station were suspected of rabies and their destruction was ordered. Two were destroyed but with the third the cartridge misfired, and the dog escaped to its owner; its eyes were not affected, nor was it tied to another dog.