Police give a rescued dog a second chance

Police dog Chance who was given by the RSPCA and has just graduated at West Yorkshire Police's Carr Gate Training School. Pictured with handler PC Mick Kilburn. (JG1001/01c) 1st November 2013. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Police dog Chance who was given by the RSPCA and has just graduated at West Yorkshire Police's Carr Gate Training School. Pictured with handler PC Mick Kilburn. (JG1001/01c) 1st November 2013. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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A dog who was rescued from abusive owners by the RSPCA has graduated as a fully trained canine cop.

German Shepherd Chance used to live in a small, dark outside kennel with no access to food or water.

But after undergoing intensive training at West Yorkshire Police’s Dog Section at Carr Gate, he now helps officers tackle crime.

When he was initially taken in by the RSPCA, officers struggled to find Chance a new family because of his nervous aggressive behaviour.

Gena Cameron from RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch said: “Our team of behaviour experts were his last chance really, which is where the name came from.

“They worked really hard with him and saw some big improvements but he was still going to need a special type of home.

“We were over the moon when a visiting police dog handler asked about him and it was agreed that they would assess him with a view to him joining the force.”

Chance was allocated to PC Mick Kilburn, who’s own police dog was due to retire, and was put on a ten-week intensive training course.

PC Kilburn said: “As a police dog handler your dogs become your life - it’s not a 9-5 job - you take them home with you, care and look after them 24/7, they aren’t just a tool that is used by the police, they become your work partner, friend and protector.

“I couldn’t be more proud of how well Chance has done. I was delighted to be able to give him the chance he deserved and look forward to working with him, serving the communities of West Yorkshire.”

Chance and two other dogs attended a passing out ceremony at Carr Gate on Friday.

Inspector Lorna Meredith, who is in charge of the Dogs Section, said: “Chance is an excellent recruit, and has now been trained in tracking, searching, obedience and criminal work, and I’m sure that he and his handler are looking forward to patrolling the streets of West Yorkshire. It’s a very happy ending for us all.”