A STRAY dog trained to sniff out cash, drugs and ammunition has
completed her first year as an operational Essex Police dog. Orla, a
springer spaniel border collie cross, was donated to the dog unit as
a rescue gift dog after she found underweight, ridden with fleas and
in poor medical condition.
She was initially taken in by kennels in Rayleigh but came to the
unit in Sandon, Chelmsford when staff suspected she had potential
to be a great specialist search dog.
The four-year-old bitch was nursed back to healthy by staff at the
Dog Unit kennels before being paired with experienced handler Pc
Paul Arthey in December 2014.
Six months late, Orla became a fully-fledged police dog licensed to
search and detect drugs including heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, MDMA and herbal and resin cannabis. The clever canine can also sniff out cash, weapons, their component parts and ammunition, both fired and unfired.
In her first year as an operational police dog, Orla has completed 72 searches of vehicles, buildings and open spaces and discovered more than £24,000 in cash which was later seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.