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Drugs dog Blade retiring after nine years service. Photo: Dogs Against Drugs

LOCAL drugs dog Blade has received the national K9 medal in recognition of serving the Shetland community for nine years as part of the Dogs Against Drugs charity.

The award on Blade’s retirement from service was handed over in a ‘socially distanced’ fashion with founder of the K9 Memorial Paul Nicolls unable to travel to Shetland for the ceremony.

Chairman of Dogs Against Drugs Ian Davidge said Blade had been helping the charity detect and deter drugs in Shetland.

“He has also been a firm favourite with the schoolchildren on his many educational visits and will be a big miss by them all,” he added.

Nicolls said police dogs were the unsung and often unseen heroes of the community.

“Some have made that ultimate sacrifice in keeping us all safe,” he said. “The National K9 Memorial was set up to create a national memorial to ensure that this ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten and their service will always be remembered.

“Our aim will always be to ensure that police dogs are recognised and remembered.”

Dogs Against Drugs is in the process of acquiring a new drugs dog during the coming months.

Charity Ian Davidge presenting the medal.

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