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Police dog retires after four years of service

A police dog who served with North Yorkshire Police has retired after four years of service.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Thor, a six-year-old German Shepherd, had worked alongside his handler, PC Martin Gayles, since 2014.

Working as a general purpose police dog, Thor helped to aid arrests, sniff out suspects, locate property and find missing and vulnerable people over the years.

PC Martin Gayles and PD Meg say goodbye to PD Thor Credit: North Yorkshire Police

He has now been retired on medical grounds.

Before retiring, Thor spent one last night at home with his family including PC Gayles, his Mam, two sisters, Finn the Labrador and PD Meg, an English Springerdor trained in detecting drugs, cash and firearms.

He has now given up his police duties and put up his paws to live as a pet with a new family in Bradford, making way for PC Gayle’s new sidekick, Buzz, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois.

“It has been an absolute honour and privilege to work with Thor. He was the first dog I was paired up with when I joined the Dog Section and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

“When I found out he was to be retired I was absolutely distraught.

“Not only has he been amazing at his job he has been a loyal and much-loved part of our family.

“The things I’ll miss most about him are kisses and cuddles.

“Whilst I’m gutted to see him retire I’m happy that he will be able to relax and enjoy his retirement with his new family.

“I’m also excited to see what the future brings with my new dog Buzz.”

– PC Gayles, North Yorkshire Police Dog Section