Rescue dog sniffs out new career with prison service

A former Dogs Trust Shrewsbury rescue dog has put his best paw forward and become a successful sniffer dog with the Scottish Prison Service.  

Six-year-old Spaniel, Wade, is now working as a drug detection dog with the Service’s National Tactical Search Unit, with finds including 19g of heroin hidden in jeans and 115g of cannabis thrown over perimeter prison fencing. 

The Unit’s Tactical Dog Instructor, Jackie Colley, said: 

“Wade is a fantastic detection dog and he really loves his working life. Each day is  different for him as our dog teams are trained to search any area and any physical  objects within an establishment owned by the SPS. The dogs are also trained to  screen people, scenting the air around the person to detect drugs such as heroin and cannabis, which Wade has successfully found.”    

Wade was an ideal canine candidate for his new career because of his strong hunt and  retrieve instincts, as well as being great with people and other dogs – and his love of playing ball, which is his reward for doing his job well. 

Louise Campbell, Manager at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury, says: 

“It’s fantastic that Wade has found his canine calling. He is having a great time as he  is now a much-loved member of his handlers’ family, gets hours of exercise in the  countryside and when the handler goes to work, so does he. For an active dog like  Wade, it’s the ideal life.”  

Jackie recently raised more than £400 for Dogs Trust asking friends and family to donate to the charity instead of buying her birthday presents. 

She adds: 

 “It makes me so proud when a Dogs Trust dog can be given a great purpose in life.   I am truly honoured that Dogs Trust gives the Scottish Prison Service the  opportunity to  work with some of their great dogs and that’s why I wanted to make a  donation. My birthday is New Year’s Day so instead of presents I asked family and  friends to donate to Dogs Trust, which was a great start to 2021.”