Olympic assignment for Kenilworth dog

By Kevin Unitt 06/08 Updated: 07/08 11:57

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THE Olympics only come around every 28 years for dogs and a rescue pooch from Kenilworth is taking full advantage.

Brutus was found as a stray before being being brought to Dogs Trust in Honiley, but has now joined the ranks of police dogs stationed at the Olympic village in Stratford, London, helping provide security during the games.

The charity has been working alongside police forces across the country and thought Brutus would be an ideal candidate.

His boisterous nature made him quite difficult to re-home but thankfully his eagerness to learn with saw him pass his exams with flying colours and be permanently assigned to dog handler PC Steve Clarke.

Dogs Trust spokesman Mick Chidgey said: “We are incredibly proud of Brutus, who is now working with the police to make sure London 2012 is as secure as possible. Since 2000 we have been identifying dogs at all 18 of re-homing centres who have the special skills to work for the police service.

“Brutus would have been difficult to re-home so we are delighted to see him successfully working and receiving ongoing training whilst serving his country.”

Police dogs will be used in a variety of ways during London 2012. Most will be trained Arms and Explosives Dogs who will sweep the areas with their handlers looking for suspect devices. The dogs will also secure the entrance to the venues.

* Dogs Trust Kenilworth is now staying open later and longer. The rehoming centre in Honiley, now closes at 7.30pm every Wednesday in a bid to entice more dog-lovers to visit the homeless hounds.

For more information call 01926 484398.

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