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