I am writing to ask for your assistance with an FOI enquiry relating to the number of police horses that have put down either following or during active service with West Midlands Police.
I am specifically seeking information about the number of police horses that have been put down each year for the period between Jan 1st 2004 up until, and including, Friday 10th October 2014.
I would also like information on the reason for putting each of the horses down during this period, for example whether they were suffering from illness or injury or any alternative reason.
In addition, I would like to know how many horses have been ‘re-homed’ following their service with West Midlands Police during this period – i.e. they may have been transferred to private ownership or placed in alternative jobs rather than being put down.
Finally, please could you advise on the method, or methods, used to put down the horses over this time period.
I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by West Midlands Police as the Mounted Branch in this force was disbanded in 1999.