Succesful cuddly police dog Griffin retires after 500 drug finds
Griffin, a Cocker Spaniel who escaped from being put down as a stray dog, has just retired as one of Wiltshire Police’s most successful passive drugs canines.
He's made more than 500 finds, including £3,000-worth of drugs on a woman at a festival and sniffing out a wanted man with 450 LSD tablets in his pan.
This furry police officer has spent so much time working the county’s pubs, clubs and schools that his popularity has gotten beyond the station and people could recognise him and even remembered his name.
Handler PC Marie Poole states that Griffin is: “as cute as he is, he has also on a number of occasions given cuddles to people that he has caught – he is always ready to cuddle someone in need.
“Surprisingly, people he has caught have also given him a tickle and told him he's a clever dog while they are being arrested.”
Griffin was adopted aged two and joined the office a year later in 2009.
Abandoned as a pup, he had been rescued by the Blue Cross in Ireland on the day he was due to be put down.
He was paired with PC Poole, with whom he has lived good and bad moments and will remain together aloong with her other retired police dog Frank.