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Abandoned dog becomes latest South Wales Police recruit

An abandoned dog found wandering the streets of St Mellons in Cardiff, and taken in by Cardiff Dogs Home, has become one of South Wales Police’s newest recruits.

The team at the Dog’s Home work closely with South Wales Police, who spotted that the Belgian Malinois, called Sid, had all the attributes needed to become a police dog.

When Sid became available for adoption, it was decided he would join South Wales Police temporarily to see if he could pass the assessments.

With the dedicated help of his handler and the other instructors, Sid successfully passed and is now a fully licensed general purpose police dog, ready to work alongside his handler Andrew to keep south Wales safe.

Cabinet Member with responsibility for Cardiff Dogs Home, Cllr Dan De’Ath said: “The team at Cardiff Dogs Home work hard to match the right dogs to the right new homes and what Sid has achieved just goes to show how that can really turn a stray, unwanted dog’s life around. There’s an excellent working relationship between the Home and our South Wales Police colleagues and we’re all delighted that Sid is now in a job and has a new life with his handler, Andrew.”

Inspector Elen Reeves said: “It’s been such a pleasure to watch PD Sid develop in his training since joining South Wales Police, from where he started as an abandoned dog wandering the streets of Cardiff to becoming a much loved and valued member of TeamSWP, where we hope he will have a long and happy career with us here in the dog section.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the work that Cardiff Dogs Home do and the support they provide us. Sid is an excellent example of the partnership that we have.”