No decision on the future of the dog service has been taken. The dogs' future would only come into question if market testing were undertaken and if a private sector contractor then won the contract - two significant 'ifs'. I made it clear when responding to a parliamentary question in April 1993 that, in those circumstances, every effort would be made to find work placements or homes for the dogs. The incoming contractor might well wish to take on fully trained dogs. The prison dog handlers also might wish to take them themselves and we would look for other suitable homes. Only if all of those avenues failed would consideration have to be given to having the dogs destroyed.
HM Prison Service