x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Police form dog welfare society

The Abu Dhabi Police have formed a society to prevent cruelty to dogs, the first of its kind in the Gulf.

Abu Dhabi Police have formed a society for the welfare of dogs, describing it as the first of its kind in the Gulf. Chairing the society will be Lt Col Jamal Jumaa Habash, head of the dog section in the Abu Dhabi force. "The setting up of the society reflects the clear wish of civilised UAE communities to prevent cruelty to animals, particularly dogs," Lt Col Habash said. Abu Dhabi Police already use dogs to assist them in their work, he said, including searches for illegal drugs and weapons. The force also has dog-breeding facilities.

The society will be based at the force's dog section, he said. Membership cards will be issued and courses offered on caring for pets. The announcement is part of police strategy to engage with the community and establish more programmes to give the force a public face. This year community police stations have been opened around the capital and officers have been told to speak more often to the public to get to know their concerns.