Tributes flood in for hero drug detection dog after retired police pooch dies

Tributes have been paid for a hero police drug detection dog who has died.

Spaniel PD Buster was responsible for sniffing out £5.3million worth of drugs and more than £700,000 in illicit cash during his long service, the Daily Record reports.

He worked tirelessly at Loch Ryan Port in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, before he retired from the force in 2015. He died on Wednesday.

Paying tribute, Police Scotland said in a statement: "We’re heartbroken to announce the RPD Buster has passed over the rainbow bridge today.

"RPD Buster was based at Loch Ryan Port until he retired in 2015.

“RPD Buster was one of Police Scotland’s finest drug detection dogs, where he played a massive role in the fight against organised crime and counter terrorism, playing a significant role in keeping our borders safe by finding over £5.3million worth of drugs and over £700,000 of cash used in organised crime.

"Rest in peace, Buster."

Police drug detection dogs are trained to sniff out illegal substances.

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Pooches can be trained to detect many other things. It was recently reported that the horns of three rhinos and scores of lion claws were discovered by a sniffer dog in the African country Mozambique.

Sasa, a six-year-old German shepherd, made the find at Mozambique's international airport in the capital Maputo. She was not put off the scent by the chocolates and biscuits Tran Kien Trang, a 30-year-old Vietnamese smuggler, allegedly used to attempt to mask the wildlife trafficking products.

A specialist dog detection unit was set up in Mozambique in 2018 to tackle smuggling.

The animals are trained to sniff out the smallest amount of wildlife contraband, such as an ivory bangle or the scale of a pangolin.

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