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Police / A ‘privilege to work with’: Thor retires after helping to sniff out more than £1m of drugs

Photo: Dogs Against Drugs

A DOG which the police say was responsible for the recovery of more than £1 million worth of drugs in Shetland has now retired.

Thor spent nine years working with the Dogs Against Drugs charity, but is now set to enjoy a quieter life.

The labrador was given a medal in recognition of his “loyal service”.

Dogs Against Drugs project manager Michael Coutts with Thor. Photo: Police Scotland

Dogs Against Drugs project manager Michael Coutts said it has been a “real privilege” to work with the dog.

Thor was born on 21 August 2014 and is described as a “steady worker and faithful companion”.

“He’s been a brilliant dog to have as a companion and a team member,” Coutts told Shetland News.

“We’re very delighted with the work that he’s done over the years, and I’m looking forward to looking after him for the rest of his time at home with my family.”

Dogs Against Drugs is a registered Scottish charity and community led project which was started in 2002 in an effort to help to safeguard the islands from the issue of illegal drugs.

Following Thor’s retirement there are now four dogs in the team – Axel, Bravo, Hera and Oscar.

However, that was always the plan. Two young springer spaniels were drafted in a couple of years ago in view of Thor’s impending retirement.

Earlier this year Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said the drugs dogs were an “enviable resource” in Shetland.

Police chief Stuart Clemenson said recently that during one week in August £45,000 worth of drugs had been recovered from the postal system.

The dogs have to undergo significant training on detecting illegal drugs through scent.

The charity also undertakes drug education visits to schools.

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