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Jersey dog qualifies to help find missing people by scent

Peggy and her owner Michelle Bouchard have been training for two and a half years as part of the Search Dog Heroes project. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A Jersey dog has qualified to help find missing people by scent.

Peggy the springer spaniel and her owner Michelle Bouchard have been training to follow ground scent for two and a half years as part of the Search Dog Heroes project.

Search Dog Heroes is a partnership between the charities Missing People and Lowland Rescue.

Their aim is to train dogs to follow someone's scent, so they can join police searches for vulnerable missing people.

Michelle and Peggy are one of the first two teams to qualify to the official Lowland Rescue Trailing Dog standard in the British Isles.

This can help people with dementia, Alzheimers, young people who may have taken a break from home for whatever reason. Basically anyone who needs to be found as quickly as possible.

It takes a special kind of dog to do the work and I am so lucky to have that in Peggy. It takes a lot of time, a lot of commitment and a lot of patience.

– Michelle Bouchard, Owner

Another three dogs are now being trained for Jersey Search and Rescue as part of the £1m project.

Jane Brown from Missing People says it will provide a vital service going forward.

This ground-breaking project will train trailing search dogs to be deployed when the police are looking for high risk and vulnerable missing people, such as those living with dementia.

It is great to see Peggy in action in Jersey and we have another trained dog, Roo, and her handler Jo, ready to be deployed in Berkshire and Surrey, with the Lowland Rescue teams. We are aiming to train more dogs to take part so they can be deployed in England, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.

– Jane Brown, Missing People’s Service Development Manager

I would like to thank all the people that have walked trails and supported us - we couldn’t have done it without them.

– Michelle Bouchard, Owner

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