Posted 3 months ago
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier abandoned by her owners has found a glamorous new life as a protection dog for VIP events, including those for the royal family.
Roxy, the first Staffie to become an explosives search dog in the UK, was rescued by RSPCA officers in 2017, and has since worked at events including Princess Beatrice’s wedding and the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
The five-year-old Staffie works with Hampshire and Thames Valley police's specialist search unit, who saw potential in her despite only German Shepherds, Labradors and Spaniels traditionally working for the police.
Roxy with Pc Carter (credit - Thames Valley Police)
“Roxy was the right age, was good around people and other dogs, and was really confident,” RSPCA supervisor Sue Dicks said.
“She was also very ball-focused – something that's really important in training – and was incredibly determined.”
Roxy completed her training with partner Pc Camilla Carter in February 2020, and is now trained to detect the scent of explosives and carry out security sweeps before high-profile public events and VIP visits.
The force announced Roxy’s arrival in August 2020 (credit - Thames Valley Police)
Roxy, along with her team, searches for suspicious packages, sweeps venues ahead of royal visits, responds to bomb threats, and searches private jets.
Pc Carter said: “I'm incredibly proud of her for carrying out such an important job ahead of such large events, both happy and sad.
“Roxy is a superstar. She is intelligent, very systematic, and thorough. I love working by her side, she's my crew mate and we have each other's backs.
“I'm sure she was born to do this; I couldn't imagine her doing anything else.”