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Stray dog rescued in Bristol to join police force

Credit: Bristol A.R.C

A stray dog which arrived at Bristol Animal Rescue Centre in June is now training to become a police sniffer dog.

Raven - a nine month old cross-breed - has been adopted by PC Lee Webb. 

Bosses at the rescue centre say they noticed from the moment she arrived that Raven is an intelligent puppy with a great sense of smell and contacted police who thought she'd be a great candidate. 

“Many of our dogs at Bristol A.R.C. love to play with balls, but Raven’s obsession with finding and bringing back her ball made her an obvious contender to hopefully become a sniffer dog," Zita Polgar, Senior Behaviourist at Bristol A.R.C.said.

Raven was adopted on 23 July and will now begin her training with dog trainer Lee.

She'll be introduced to other dogs and various environments including schools and colleges.

This exposure to various sights, sounds and smells will set Raven up well to pass her assessment later in the year.

She will be trained to detect drugs, firearms and cash and will be encouraged to use her instincts, being rewarded for good work.

Lee, who's adopted Raven, says she has settled in well at home.

"She follows me everywhere – even to the bathroom," he said.

"Once she has settled fully I will begin to take her to lots of different places and see how she reacts, especially when it comes to retrieving and searching for a tennis ball.

"She loves to play, and first indications have been very good.”

"We are absolutely thrilled that Raven will have both a very good, stable home as well as a very important job in the city," Zita added.

"It is amazing that a stray dog will go on to perform a huge civic duty.

"We are very proud of her.”

Credit: Bristol Arc Animal Rescue CentreCredit: Bristol Arc Animal Rescue Centre

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