Top job for res­cue dog spot­ted on­line by po­lice­man – you can’t sniff at that

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ARESCUE dog from Manch­ester has be­gun a new ca­reer as a snif­fer dog af­ter a po­lice of­fi­cer spot­ted her in a poster on­line.

English Springer Spaniel Ruby was just a puppy when she was taken in by the Dogs Trust Manch­ester ear­lier this year.

The now nine-mon­thold had been at the Den­ton-based re­hom­ing cen­tre for just a mat­ter of days when she was scouted by Pc Mark West, a po­lice dog han­dler from the Bed­ford­shire, Cam­bridgeshire and Hert­ford­shire Dog Unit. The of­fi­cer trav­elled 200 miles from Lu­ton to meet Ruby, and says he quickly re­alised she was per­fect for the job.

Af­ter two months of train­ing, the pooch has grad­u­ated from snif­fer dog school and this week be­gins her new work­ing life as a drugs, cash and weapons search dog.

Pc West said: “She has been an ab­so­lute su­per­star and has passed with fly­ing colours. I’m very proud.

“She gets on bril­liantly with my other dog, Dex­ter, and she com­pletes our team. Dex­ter is a firearms sup­port dog so he is along­side of­fi­cers at firearms war­rants. Once we have en­tered a prop­erty, Ruby will go in to do the search­ing side of things. She is bril­liant.”

Ruby ar­rived at Dogs Trust Manch­ester af­ter a change in her fam­ily’s cir­cum­stances meant she couldn’t stay with them.

Carol Margieson, Dogs Trust Manch­ester deputy man­ager, added: “We were ab­so­lutely de­lighted when we found out that Ruby had grad­u­ated.

“She had so much po­ten­tial and we have had our fin­gers crossed wait­ing to hear if she passed.

“Mark is thrilled with her and we’re con­fi­dent that she’ll have a happy and ful­filled work­ing life and a won­der­ful home life too with Mark, his fam­ily and Dex­ter.” l●

For­mer Manch­ester Dogs Trust res­cue dog Ruby has started a new ca­reer as a snif­fer dog

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