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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Search dog donated in Peggy's memory

Nicola Anderson

Published 17/04/2014 | 02:30

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16/4/14 Peggy Mangan's daughters Louise Hollywood and Orla Lynch with Max at the handing over of search and rescue dog Max by the Peggy Mangan foundation to Dublin Civil Defence. Picture:Arthur Carron
16/4/14 Peggy Mangan's daughters Louise Hollywood and Orla Lynch with Max at the handing over of search and rescue dog Max by the Peggy Mangan foundation to Dublin Civil Defence. Picture:Arthur Carron
Alan Shatter with search dog Max at the Civil Defence HQ in Dublin. Arthur Carron
Peggy Mangan

A picture of Peggy Mangan's beloved "friend" Casper is pasted on the walls of a dog unit van set to carry a search and rescue canine donated in her memory.

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Her daughters, Orla Lynch and Louise Hollywood, were delighted when they received a call from specialist canine trainer Paul Murphy, offering to train a dog in her name for the Dublin Civil Defence.

And yesterday Max, an English springer spaniel, who has been fully trained up as a "Human Remains" or "Cadaver Dog", was handed over to the Civil Defence.

Alzheimer's sufferer Ms Mangan disappeared from her home in Terenure, Dublin, last September. Her body was found five days later with her faithful spaniel Casper standing vigil over her body, only for him to die hours later.

"We went through desperate times, searching for our mam day and night, but the Civil Defence weren't allowed out to look for her," Louise revealed.

"We're delighted with this now because it's something we would really have liked and needed for ourselves at the time."

At the Civil Defence headquarters on Dublin's Wolfe Tone Quay yesterday, Justice Minister Alan Shatter was there to watch the handover. Mr Shatter revealed that more dogs like Max will be rolled out as "standard issue" for Civil Defence networks across the country.

Meanwhile, Mr Shatter refused to be drawn on why he turned down an invitation to attend the annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in Kerry, with the Department of Justice saying it was because he was marking the Passover.

When asked if he regretted his decision not to attend, he replied: "I'm not addressing other issues today, thank you."

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