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Staffordshire Bull Terrier defies 'fighting dog' stereotype by joining Gloucestershire Police

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

By Matt Discombe

  • Meet Gloucestershire Police's new sniffer dog, Stella

  • Meet Stella, Gloucestershire Police's new sniffer dog, with owner PC Claire Todd

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A Staffordshire Bull Terrier is defying her breeds' 'fighting dog' stereotype by joining Gloucestershire Police as their new sniffer dog.

Stella, who is around eighteen months old, made her first find two weeks ago during a raid in Cheltenham when she found £200 in cash in a pants drawer.

Last year she was found wandering the streets of Taunton and was rescued by the RSPCA.

PC Claire Todd, of the Gloucestershire Police station in Bamfurlong, recruited Stella in January and put her through a month long training programme which finished on April 9. She made her first find the day after.

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PC Todd said: "I had never owned a Staffordshire Bull Terrier before, but when I recruited Stella her drive was phenomenal. I was so impressed with her.

"It's really positive that even though bull terriers have a reputation for being fighting dogs that they're actually not all the same. Stella is an excellent little dog and who shows we can't categorise them all in the same way."

As part of Stella's training programme, Stella had to identify drugs, weapons and ammunition hidden in building blocks.

She is now on an exercise regime of two long walks a day and is now waiting for her next find, which could take place anywhere in Gloucestershire, Somerset or Wiltshire.

PC Todd said: "I have six other dogs and they all get on fine, there's no aggression between them at all. She absolutely loves her job and can't wait to get to work again."

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  • dogscribbler  |  May 06 2014, 9:39AM

    This is not a first. The French police in one are has a stafford trained to search for human remains and may be lowered from a helicopter strapped to his handler. Staffords are the great all rounders. I do believe they were found by police trainers to be poor at man-work as they naturally love humans too much.

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  • SSBrowne  |  April 27 2014, 3:19PM

    Good to see so many Staffies in the news lately doing agility and being trained as police dogs. These are lovely, loyal and eager to please dogs. They only have a bad rep due to a couple decades of being misused and ill trained by **** owners. Glad to see stories about the good things that happens to rescue dogs of all breeds.

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