Dog's new lease of life guarding nuclear submarines at Faslane
A HERO hound has gone from being dumped at a dog home – to helping safeguard Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
German shepherd Harley, who was mistreated by his former owners, has been given a new lease of life as one of an army of police dogs protecting nuclear subs at Faslane.
Harley, who was dumped at Battersea Dog Home in London, is now an elite Ministry of Defence police dog trained to deal with everything from missing house keys to al-Qaeda terrorists at the naval base, near Helensburgh.
The Daily Record was given exclusive access to the crack team of dogs and handlers, which includes a former special forces dog who worked with the SAS tracking insurgents in Iraq.
Harley’s handler Constable Barry Fulton, 44, from Stirling, said: “We think Harley may have been mistreated.
“When someone walks in the kennels, the other dogs get all excited but he tends to cower away and look nervous. He is very handler protective now and doesn’t like anyone coming near me.
“He is a great all-round dog. He caught a Quaker protester who had got through the fence. The time of the alarm being raised to Harley getting the guy was just 11 minutes.”
Harley was also pressed into service when a woman called police in the early hours about her keys which she feared had either been lost or stolen.
Barry said: “Harley managed to find the woman’s house and car keys so she was over the moon.
“His search skills and tracking are very good. It’s great he has managed to go from Battersea to here where he is such a valuable member of the team.”
The Faslane kennels – home to 18 dogs – boast all mod cons, including a laundry for the dog’s towels and bedding and a shower room complete with doggy hair dryer.
Sergeant Danny Atkinson and his team chiefs also deploy arms and explosive search dogs to counter the threat of terrorism.
He said: “These dogs are a wonderful addition to our armoury. For them, it’s all a game and they love their job.”
Source: Daily Record