A severely dehydrated and distressed spaniel found with a litter of puppies crammed inside a guinea pig cage has miraculously recovered and found a new role – in the police force.
Eze, a two-year-old spaniel, was one of a dozen severely dehydrated and distressed pups found abandoned in the back of a van in March.
Upon being tipped off to the situation, police discovered the terrified animals trapped inside the vehicle which was dumped in Carlton, Notts.
The dogs were rushed to a vet, who discovered they were riddled with the highly contagious parvovirus.
Despite the best efforts of veterinary staff, most of the dogs died, but brave Eze survived.
He was nursed back to health by the RSPCA and just months later he was adopted by Nottinghamshire Police.
Eze has now been trained up to become an Oscar Kilo Wellbeing dog, to help officers and staff talk about their mental health.
Inspector Rob Lawton, a dog handler who adopted Eze, said he was one of around a dozen dogs found by police in the cage.
“Sadly they were all very poorly when we found them,” he said.
“There had been an outbreak of the deadly parvovirus and, despite the amazing work of the staff at the Radcliffe Animal Centre, most of them could not be saved.”
As the force had other dogs already, Inspector Lawton said they knew they could give him the best possible home.
“But when he first came to us, he really was in a shocking state and we were unsure whether he would survive,” he said.
“He hardly had any hair and had hardly been around people in his short life.
“For us it was really a case of starting from scratch and giving him a life as a puppy he’d just never had.”
Now, Inspector Lawton said Eze was “fantastic” and really enjoys being at work,
He loved everyone, the copper said, and the officers and staff who worked alongside him thoroughly enjoyed having him around.
“The difference he makes to people’s wellbeing is amazing.”
Eze is cared for by staff but spends his days at the police HQ.
Ella Carpenter, manager of the Radcliffe Animal Centre, said it was “heartwarming” to see Eze having been rehomed into a loving environment.
“It is everything we are about as an organisation – the rescue of dogs, the rehabilitation of dogs and the eventual rehoming of them. Eze is that story and it is fantastic to see him looking so well,” she said.
“He is so much more confident and that is what it is all about for us – finding the right dog the right home so they can live their best life going forward.”