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Metropolitan Police dog nominated for Public Service Animal of the Year Award
(Amesbury, Wiltshire – 26th November 2014)
German Shepherd dog, Fuzz, has received the nomination for his bravery in pursuing a man who had been involved in an armed robbery of a moped. Despite being struck in the face by the assailant with a metal bar Fuzz caught the man and detained him until handler PC Craig Calthorpe could catch up and arrest him.
Fuzz underwent emergency treatment for his injuries, which included a cut under his right eye from the attack with the bar, and heavy bleeding from his left nostril which was probably sustained when the robber punched him repeatedly in the snout to evade capture. Thankfully he has made a full recovery.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, criminal damage to Fuzz and animal cruelty, with court proceedings still ongoing.
Having joined the force when he was just seven months old, Fuzz has been instrumental in the arrests of countless criminals who could have evaded capture without Fuzz’s speed, strength and bravery.
Elaine Fairfax, Managing Director and Founder of Animal Friends, said: “I am delighted to be sponsoring the Public Service Animal of the Year Award and wish the best of luck to the nominees, who are all deserving of this honour. I look forward to attending the ceremony and presenting the winner with their award, but as far as I am concerned they are all winners.”
The awards ceremony will be taking place at Grosvenor House on Wednesday 26th November and hosted by animal-lover Amanda Holden.