After launching a nationwide search, security expert ADT has found the right dog for the role to help catch thieving pets.
From over 150 applicants, Blackpool-based Spud the Boxer was picked for the prestigious position of Pet Detective. With his track record of stealing everything from socks to ties, Spud is ready to put his bandit days behind him and help ADT catch other pet-ty criminals.
Recent research revealed that over half (52 percent) of pet owners admit that their pet has been caught red-pawed, pilfering everything from underwear to cash and costing the nation a whopping £305 million.
To stop the swiping, ADT enlisted the help of Instagram celebrity Pumba the Chow Chow (@ThingsOnPumba), a reformed robber, to help fill the new position on the product innovation team. The right candidate needed to have experience of looting possessions and evading capture - after all, it takes a pilferer to know a pilferer.
More than suited to the role, Spud has even been caught wearing an unconvincing wig and blazer in an attempt to sneak off with his owner's belongings.
Lee Jasper, from ADT said, "As specialists in home security, we're excited to expand our expertise to include pet thievery and Spud is just the dog to lead the way. As soon as we saw Spud's application for the role, we knew he was the top dog for the job. His insider knowledge and understanding of how pets evade capture - and what they will target to add to their hoard - will help us learn about the security weak spots that the UK's pets exploit."
Diane, the owner of Spud, said, "When we saw the job advertised, we knew that we had to enter Spud. He's the perfect pooch for the job and we're so proud that he has been chosen to fulfil the role of Pet Detective. He's itching (and scratching) to get started and catch some pets in action."
Spud will be working with ADT for the next year. He'll receive an ADT Smart Home System, a year's free monitoring, a £500 voucher from Monster Pet Supplies and lots of belly rubs. In return, he will provide ADT with quarterly reports analysing the stealing tactics of pets and strategies to combat the UK's animal larceny epidemic.