Saturday 18 November 2017

Police dog reject 'not into biting'

Vegas, the would-be police dog who was rejected because she did not like to bite
Vegas, the would-be police dog who was rejected because she did not like to bite

A would-be police dog has been rejected from the recruitment process because she did not like to bite.

Vegas, a 19-month-old German shepherd, was turned down after failing during Northumbria Police's rigorous selection process.

Despite her reluctance to clamp her jaws into an offender's backside, Vegas will not even make an ideal family pet as her handlers said she is "very nervous" around children, an officer said.

Vegas was trained at the force's headquarters in Ponteland, Northumberland, and was taught to jump through windows, ignore gunshots, sink her teeth into knifemen and bark and bite on command.

She was one of a litter of eight pups specially bred for police work. But handlers found she was deemed "too tentative" when it came to biting.

Dog section Sergeant John Sim said: "Vegas unfortunately didn't possess the necessary qualities to make it as a police dog. Surprisingly, not all dogs find it natural to bite.

"For a good bite the dogs have to get their timing right to take hold of whatever or whoever they are chasing in a determined and positive way, and keep hold until instructed to let go by the handler, and Vegas was too tentative.

"She will make someone a lovely pet in the right environment.

"She is very nervous around children, so would require an adult-only home, with owners with plenty of breed experience and time to devote to her."

Press Association

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