By Carl Jackson 03/08 Updated: 03/08 11:57
A RUBERY police dog is at the ‘paw’-front of Olympic security for the London 2012 extravaganza despite abandoned as a puppy.
Brutus was just two-years-old when he was found roaming the streets and faced an uncertain future when rescuers from Dogs Trust took him in.
The charity struggled to rehome the black labrador because of his boisterous nature until kind-hearted Mick Chidgey from the Trust recommended him for the police after seeing his potential and responsiveness to reward-based training.
And now after, after passing his exams, Brutus along with handler PC Steve Clarke - also stationed at Rubery - will be checking London 2012 venues for explosives.
Brutus and PC Clarke will also be guarding venues, the athletes village and safe-guarding visitors to the games.
Dogs Trust have trained 38 rescue dogs for general purpose or specialist police dogs in the last two years. Mick Chidgey said: “We are incredibly proud of our rescue dogs who are now working with the police to make sure London 2012 is as secure as possible.
“Many of these dogs would have been difficult to rehome and yet they are now successfully working and receiving ongoing training whilst serving their country,” he added.
Andrew Milne, Chief Inspector of West Mercia Police said: “As a specialist search dog Brutus has a vital role to play.
“I’m delighted he and PC Clarke are travelling to the Olympics to support the Metropolitan Police and help keep the Games safe,” he added.
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