Gloucestershire ROH

PD Ammo

Handler PC Powles

Police dog Ammo had a troubled life from the day he was born, rehomed four times due to his aggressive and boisterous nature. Ammo was left languishing in a rescue home not sure of his long term fate. It was around this time that PC Phil Powles was assigned to locate a new dog for an upcoming course. Having searched high and low for his new dog, Phil got wind of Ammo and his previous background.

Phil brought Ammo back to force, and after a tough start together, a friendship and bond soon formed with the teamThey successfully passed out after a 13 week course. Ammo just needed to channel his energy and it was obvious that he was born to be a Police Dog. The team went onto successfully deal with many jobs, tracking suspects, searching for vulnerable missing people and supporting his colleagues out on division.

One night, PC Powles and Police Dog Ammo attended a break-in in progress where it was believed offenders were still on the premises. On arrival a rear window was found to be open and a witness stated she had seen the offender jump a fence at the back of the property, and had fled through gardens.

PC Powles sent Ammo over the fence and straight away he picked up the scent of the offender and set off in pursuit. Ammo and PC Powles soon found themselves jumping another garden fence.

As the team searched the gardens for the offender Ammo jumped a chain link fence into an industrial area. As he went over the fence he got his paw trapped in one of the holes in the fence resulting in him hanging off the ground by his back leg. PC Powles got to him quickly and managed to get him untangled. However, it was apparent by his yelps and shape of his rear leg some serious  damage had been done.

A trip to the vets confirmed Ammo had snapped his cruciate ligament, with further damage to the knee joint. He needed intrusive surgery. A long operation was immediately carried out and a metal plate was fitted within the knee and leg to stabilise the joint. This was followed by months of rest and rehabilitation for Ammo. Against the odds, he came back to active duty.

Sadly, this was short lived. Within weeks Ammo snapped the other cruciate ligament whilst off duty. This required a further lengthy operation. The vet confirmed this carried a high risk of complications, including implant failure, infection, and even osteoarthritis.

With the existing damage to his other leg, and the potential complications highlighted, it was felt that Ammo’s quality of life would be poor. The handler and force, with deep regret, made the decision to put Ammo to sleep.

This was a devastating blow to the handler, his family, and their work colleagues.