Back in 2017, the RSPCA in Somerset rescued Roxy, an abandoned Staffordshire terrier. Today, Roxy is the only Staffordshire terrier that’s working as an explosives detection dog in the UK.
How did a rescue dog become a hero?
The RSPCA’s West Hatch Animal Center works with the police to identify rescue dogs that would make great police dogs. Supervisor Sue Dicks and the other staff immediately saw that Roxy had potential. Roxy was confident, determined, and was good with dogs and people. She also liked focusing on balls which is very important when it comes to training.
The Avon and Somerset Police trained Roxy for 10 weeks. They taught her how to sniff out certain scents and how to notify her handlers that these odors were present. She also learned how to point out the locations of these scents. Roxy spent two years with the Avon and Somerset Police team before transferring to the Hampshire and Thames Valley specialist search unit.
PC Camilla Carter became Roxy’s handler and she completed Roxy’s training back in February 2020. Camilla is proud of her partner, and she believes that Roxy was born to be a police dog. According to her, Roxy is intelligent, thorough, and very systematic. She loves that her partner really likes to work.
How Roxy’s talents help people
Roxy handles serious crime searches, high-risk missing person cases, and counterterrorism. She also protects the royal family. Camilla says that she and Roxy secured the areas for the wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and the funeral for Prince Philip. Not bad for a shelter dog right?
Camilla says that she’s thrilled that Roxy enjoys her work so much. It seems that Roxy found her purpose in life. Roxy’s incredible talent will hopefully change the reputation of Staffordshire terriers. Staffies can become excellent working dogs, as proven by Roxy.