Sniffing out woof justice

Kini (Kennels Manager), Maggie Gwynne, PC Steve Norman and Inspector Lorna Meredith with Harley and Juno

Kini (Kennels Manager), Maggie Gwynne, PC Steve Norman and Inspector Lorna Meredith with Harley and Juno

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THE fight for paw and order has been given a four-legged boost after new canine cops were recruited to join West Yorkshire Police.

Two new sniffer dogs Harley and Juno have been donated to the Dog Training Centre at Carr Gate.

Staff are also celebrating after police dogs Grace and Luger gave birth to nine new recruits.

The four-week-old litter of German Shepherds was one of the largest ever to be born at the specialist breeding centre.

Insp Lorna Meredith, of the force police dog section, said: “These little bundles of joy are a very welcome addition to the dog unit and we hope they will grow up to play an active role with West Yorkshire Police.

“They are obviously still at the very cute stage at the moment and we are providing round the clock care to them to help them to develop into working police dogs.”

The litter of seven boys and two girls – who have yet to be named – will be put through their paces by West Yorkshire Police kennel and puppy scheme supervisor Kini Fernandez.

The pups are Grace’s second litter.Labradors Harley, 17 months old, and Juno, 15 months old, were given to the force by charity Sniffer Dogs United Kingdom and International (SDUKI) in July.

Insp Meredith said: “When we were approached by the charity to see if we would be interested in having two dogs we leapt at the chance.

“Harley and Juno make a great addition to the team and will play a vital role in our fight against crime.

“I am very grateful to the charity for coming forward and making this important donation.”

They were presented to the team by Maggie Gwynne, the chief executive and founder of SDUKI.

She said: “We are delighted to have been able to assist West Yorkshire Police in funding two new passive drugs dogs, Harley and Juno, which are the fourth and fifth dogs to be funded by the charity.

“We are the only charity working directly with the UK Police, and have the full backing of ACPO National Police Dog Working Group.”

For more information about to support or give a donation SDUKI visit their website, www.sduki.org.uk