Pooch survived being shot and stabbed after being used to rile up fighting dogs

A precious Jack Russell was rescued by a senior police official and joined the force after he was discovered during a raid.

Buddy, 10, had been used to 'rile' up fighting dogs before he was found by Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest of South Yorkshire Police at an address in Doncaster.

The dog's tail had been sliced off and his cruel owners had attacked him with air rifle pellets.

The poor pooch had even been left with infestations of ticks, fleas and worms.

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Members of the RSPCA who intervened were worried the pup wouldn't make it because of the horrible condition he had been found in.

But the adorable pooch pulled through and now has a new lease of life after he was nursed back to health, and even has a job helping officers cope with stress and trauma.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Our wellbeing dogs are deployed to any teams who have been exposed to danger, stress or trauma in the hope they’ll provide some light relief and a much-needed distraction.

"Buddy is still understandably a little nervous around the rest of the Wellbeing Dog team, but he’s a lovely calming presence.

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"The team is just one aspect of the wellbeing support offered to police officers, but they are certainly the cutest."

The Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, is one of many centres using dogs like Buddy to help reduce the stress and trauma of officers from across the country.

Spending time with dogs has been shown to slow breathing, lower blood pressure and reduce stress, and dog therapy is also used in mental health treatment and university settings to help bring calm in stressful environments.

A police spokesperson said: "Police officers are very often the first responders to dangerous incidents, dealing with death, distress and aggression.

"They see and hear things that most people won’t see in a lifetime."

Dog fighting arenas have been an area of concern for police in the UK for years, with illegal pitbull fighting still a popular sport.

Buddy is lucky to have escaped such a horrible environment, but the battle to end this cruel practice continues.


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