The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or RSPCA for short, is the largest and oldest animal charity welfare in the UK. It is very active in doing humanitarian outreach in other parts of the globe. It has also become the inspiration of other animal welfare groups in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. RSPCA has been actively helping hundreds of thousands of animals in need for almost 200 years.
In 2017, RSPCA in Somerset rescued an abandoned Staffordshire Terrier. They named the dog Roxy.
The staff of RSPCA’s West Hatch Animal Centre had been working closely with the police to look for dogs that had the potential to become K9 dogs. They saw potential in Roxy that she could become a good police dog. Sue Dicks, RSPCA Somerset’s Supervisor, said that Roxy had a good nature around people and other dogs. She was also a confident and well-focused dog.
Roxy became the only one of her breed to work as an explosives detection dog in the UK. She was also the 14th rescue dog from West Hatch Animal Centre to become a K9 dog. She trained for 10 weeks under Avon and Somerset Police Department before she became a certified explosives detection dog. During her training, she learned to identify different scents and odors, a skill that was very essential in her job.
Two years after her certification, Roxy was redeployed at Hampshire and Thames Valley specialist search unit. She was assigned to do missing person cases, serious crime searches, and counter-terrorism. She was also assigned to protect the Royal Family on certain occasions.
Roxy’s success became an inspiration to all. Oftentimes, Staffies like Roxy had a bad reputation for being violent and dangerous dogs. Dr. Samantha Gaines, RSPCA’s dog welfare expert, shared that dogs, regardless of their breed, should be raised with lots of love and tons of care so that they could become amazing family pets.
Continue to shine, Roxy!
Photos courtesy of Thames Valley Police via Facebook