CHIN dog dies in kennel at police station

Police Canine Baron in 2018 with his then handler PC Bill McLaughlin

(CNS): CHIN has confirmed that an investigation is underway into the death last month of a Belgian Shepherd from the K-9 unit in the kennels of the George Town Police Station. CNS has learned that ‘Baron’, who joined the unit in 2018 and was noted for his fight crime skill was left in the heat without enough water.

CHIN did not comment on the allegations, but told us he died on the night of Saturday, July 9, and the matter was referred to the Department of Animal Welfare and Control Unit. Agriculture, which is overseeing the investigation.

“Baron was a Belgian Shepherd dog who was a valued member of our K-9 team and had given five years of service to CHIN,” a police spokesperson said. “We send our deepest condolences to his handler and the other officers of the K-9 unit.”

According to the police website, the K-9 unit falls under Specialized Operations, led by Superintendent Brad Ebanks. As of 2018, the unit had three dog handlers and plans to increase the number of dogs. CNS has contacted CHIN to update on the current issue and we are awaiting a response.

Note from CNS: PC Bill McLaughlin was Baron’s handler when he first joined the K-9 unit, but has since left the unit and had no involvement in this incident in any way.