Winnipeg mulls new home for police dogs
Winnipeg's police dogs may soon get a new, $1.2-million home.
At a meeting next Monday, councillors on City Hall's police oversight subcommittee will vote on whether to approve the funding to build a new kennel next to the East District Station on Dugald Road.
Coun. Gord Steeves (St. Vital) said Wednesday that the current housing situation for the city's 14 K9 dogs and their 10 handlers is "substandard."
If the subcommittee approves the plan for new digs, it must still go before the mayor's Executive Policy Committee and then pass a full vote of city council.
Steeves suggested he believes the new facility would be a good investment for the city.
"The estimated value of each animal is around $40,000, so aside from the humane aspect of it there's a real cost implication for the value of the animal as well," he said.