SUSSEX, England – A puppy who had a rough start to life is now thriving as a K-9 cop in Sussex.
K-9 Badger was one of four 6 week old puppies who were found abandoned in a garden in Redhill, Surrey, Sussex Police said. All of the puppies suffered from medical problems and were rescued by the RSPCA.
“They were nearly bald from severe scabies, suffered from chronic eye and ear infections, and were extremely malnourished and underweight,” police said.
After being cared for, three of the puppies found loving families. However, Badger struggled to adjust.
Jo Douglas, who helped care for the puppies, said he was “always on the move and needed constant stimulation and was just too much for his adopters so he came back to us. We kept him busy by hiding tennis balls around the crosses. and play scent games with him. He loved it – and was really good at following his nose and finding them, so we contacted the police to see if they would be interested in hiring him as a new recruit! “
Badger was associated with Officer Steph Barrett, who said: “I could tell he was a bit fiery, but through a lot of love and training he regained his confidence in humans and became a true success. He’s still very mischievous at times, but that’s part of the challenge! “
Badger has been working as a K-9 cop for 6 months and is trained to search for drugs, money and weapons.
“When he hears the radio ringing, he screams in excitement and I don’t even have to ask him to get in the van. It’s a pleasure to work with him.”