Let the British Army dogs live

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 August, 1993, 12:00am

I WAS both distressed and horrified to read (South China Morning Post, July 26) that the dogs employed by the British Services are to be destroyed upon the Garrison's departure from Hong Kong.

What right does the Army have to buy or breed puppies, train them to perform limited, but necessary, services for the community and then dispose of them with a lethal injection, when their usefulness is over? I can't believe that the British with their love of animals and sense of ''fair play'' do indeed intend to destroy these magnificent animals.

I am also amazed by Dr Bousfield's statement (Post, July 26) that the territory's pet trade is under control. While I agree the connection between importation of pure-bred dogs and the ever increasing stray dog population is tenuous, it does boil down topeople's attitude towards animals.

If puppies die through being imported too young, if they are unsuitable to this climate, or are purchased impulsively, then something is wrong.Why can't people learn to treat animals with more kindness and respect? J. GREEN Lantau