North Wales Police dogs team up for 'Dogs off Duty' charity calendar

Reporter:

Annie Roberts

THE police dogs of North Wales have put their best paws forward for a new charity calendar.

The 2017 calendar features dogs from the North Wales Police Dog Section and hopes to raise money for the North Wales Police Retired Dogs Charity, Paws Off Duty, which was launched over 18 months ago.

Last year the first calendar raised £2235 and this year the charity hopes to raise double the funds.

The charity, established by PC Jackie Edwards from the Dog Section, has been created to assist with the day to day costs of looking after the K9 unit once they’ve retired including the cost of vet bills.

Sergeant Howard Watts from the Dog Section said: “This is the second calendar for the ‘Paws off Duty’ fund; last year’s calendar was a resounding success and was universally well received.

“However, as good as last year’s calendar was, this year the ‘Paws off Duty’ committee have outdone themselves. I have no doubt that everybody will agree when they see it that this year’s calendar is even better – I myself have bought three.”

“As many of the dogs as possible have been featured in the calendar – we have seen some new puppy additions to the section this year, you may see these in the calendar also.”

The charity has raised over £5000 from when it was first introduced through the sale of calendars, trolley coins, wristbands, ‘pup’ cakes and donations received through events and talks attended by our handlers and their dogs.

Sergeant Watts added: “Our dogs continue to provide a fantastic service for the communities of North Wales, and it’s only right that we do all that we can to ensure that they have the best possible life after retirement.”

Under police regulations, dogs used for general purpose or drugs work are paid for by the force until they retire, usually between the ages of eight and 10. But once they leave the force, all funding stops and costs are then down to the dog’s handler, or the new owner.

The price for the calendar is £5.99 and they can be purchased via The Farm and Pet Place stores across North Wales or via www.farmandpetplace.co.uk.

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