Boris, a two-year-old Staffie, was left in the care of the RSPCA by his previous owner last March. Despite coming from difficult living condition and suffering from skin issues, Boris immediately stood out to Sue Dicks, supervisor at the RSPCA centre.
“The trainer at the police force, PC Lee Webb, was in the centre the day Boris arrived and I jokingly pointed out that we may have just taken on his next search dog – I couldn’t have been more spot on,” Sue recalls. “Boris was a friendly, lovely boy and very confident from the start – he’s just so brilliant with people and other dogs.
“I noticed quite quickly that he had a real love for tennis balls, he absolutely lives for them! Most dogs get bored after a while but Boris was really focused – he found the ball when I hid it, even in some rather difficult places like up trees! That was when I knew for sure he would make a great police search dog.”
PC Lee Webb saw the potential as well, and became Boris’ trainer as a drug, firearms and currency detection dog.
“He was first spotted about three months ago and started training properly five weeks ago, but as of this week he will become a fully licensed police sniffer dog,” he says. “Good police dogs need to have an above average ability to retrieve, great stamina, good health and an even temperament. This is why Staffies work so well as they have a dogged determination and a drive to retrieve but are also very loyal and eager to please.”
“Boris is a great dog who has worked really hard and I know he will have a great career ahead of him. I’m pleased to support the less traditional breeds of police sniffer dogs and to raise awareness of Staffies as a breed.”
Boris is the fifth rescue Staffie from the RSPCA’s West Hatch animal centre to join the police force.
Sue says, “I’m delighted that Boris is going on to be an important member of the local police force. He will also be joining our wall of fame of rescue dogs at West Hatch that have all gone on to be working service dogs, we really could not be prouder.”
Image provided by RSPCA.