Barking glad! Sunderland council approves plans to build outdoor kennels for police dogs

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CRIME-fighting canines are to get their very own comfortable kennels.

Holding kennels will be built at Houghton Police Station so police dogs can stay outside while their handlers are at the station, which is open from 9am to 5pm.

Sunderland City Council has approved a planning application by Northumbria Police to erect the timber kennels at the Dairy Lane station.

The application said: “The kennels are for temporary use as a place to keep police dogs when officers are at the station, instead of leaving them in police vehicles.

“When police dogs are not on shift, they go home with their police officer.”

Houghton councillor Sheila Ellis objected to the proposals, saying she thought it would be too noisy for residents.

In an email to the planning committee she said: “I do not think the site is at all suitable for the proposals. It is closely adjacent on two sides to dense housing. Houghton Police Station is only manned for limited hours. A family friend worked at the Ponteland police dog kennels. Wooden kennels will not be an effective noise barrier and the proposal will inevitably cause disturbance to residents.”