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West Yorkshire Police offering six dogs the chance of a new home

While a lot of people will be bringing in the New Year by putting their house on the market or looking for a new career, West Yorkshire Police is offering six dogs the chance of a new home and job with the Force.

Bella, the eldest dog in the force, at West Yorkshire Police. Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Traditionally, at this time of year, there tends to be an increase in dogs being abandoned or handed into charities for rehoming.

West Yorkshire Police is currently seeking six dogs, four to be trained to find drugs and two to join the explosives detection team and are appealing to any owners who have a dog that needs rehoming to get in touch.

Although we have some flexibility we do have a standard set of requirements which we look for when taking dogs:

  • Around 12-24 months-old
  • In good health
  • Ideally from a working dog breed such as a cocker spaniel, springer spaniel or Labrador.
  • Other breeds or cross-breeds will be considered but the dog should be of a playful, sociable nature.

PS Stewart Dunderdale, of West Yorkshire Police’s Dog Support Unit, said:

We have had real success previously in giving a new home, and purpose, to dogs that have been given to us by charities and owners.

“There are lots of reasons why someone may find that they are unable to continue having a dog as a pet but we know that charities do see an increase in animals being found or handed in at this time of year and it would be great if we could help them out”

“The dogs will be assessed and if suitable will go on a course which lasts 8 weeks. On completion of the course the dogs will live at home with their handler and family. We are appealing to anyone who thinks they have a dog that may be suitable to contact us”

– Stewart Dunderdale