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Ruby, a homeless Springer Spaniel who found a home with Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit earlier this year, has officially qualified as a police sniffer dog.

The former Dogs Trust Manchester resident was spotted by police dog handler PC Mark West who felt the lively nine-month-old had all the right attributes to join the police force. She made the 200 mile trip home with PC West two months ago and this week she begins her new working life as a drugs, cash and weapons search dog.

PC Mark West with police dogs Ruby and Dexter.

Mark says, “She has been an absolute superstar and has passed with flying colours! I’m very proud. She gets on brilliantly with my other dog Dexter and she completes our team. Dexter is a firearms support dog so he is alongside officers at firearms warrants. Once we have entered a property Ruby will then go in to do the searching side of things. She is brilliant.”

Ruby at work

Ruby arrived at the charity when her family’s circumstances changed and they could no longer keep her. She had only been at the centre a few days when Mark asked to meet her.   

PC Mark West on the day he met Ruby at Dogs Trust Manchester with Dogs Trust Home from Home Co-ordinator Tracey Hill.

Carol Margieson, Dogs Trust Manchester Deputy Manager, says, “We were absolutely delighted when we found out that Ruby had graduated! She had so much potential and we have had our fingers crossed waiting to hear if she passed. Mark is thrilled with her and we’re confident that she’ll have a happy and fulfilled working life and a wonderful home life too with Mark, his family and Dexter.”

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