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Ex-shelter dogs become Manchester criminals' worst nightmare

Aayla and Murphy will sniff out the bad guys dog-happy
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Greater Manchester Police have revealed two new members of its crime-fighting task force. And although they look super cute, the furry duo is every criminal's worst nightmare!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 07/12/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

Aayla, a 15-month-old Springer Spaniel, and Murphy, a two-year-old Springador (Springer Spaniel/Labrador mix), recently completed an intense six-week police dog training course.

Meet the new recruits

The furry crime-fighting duo will start active service later this week, using their super sense of smell to help their handlers locate illegal drugs, firearms, and cash gained from criminal enterprises.

The pups will partner up with PC Mark Richardson and PC Rob Kinley, two veteran officers of GMP's Tactical Dog Unit.


New PD recruits are ready for action Introducing @GMPDogs Aayla and Murphy, who have just qualified as drugs, firearms...

Posted by Greater Manchester Police on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

GMP announced the news via its Facebook page, giving followers a glimpse into the unique personalities of the four-legged patrol pups.

Posting about Ayla, GMP said:

"Despite her subdued look, she is a bundle of energy and power and her natural ability to search was shown on her course when she visited venues across Greater Manchester."

Murphy joined the force from Spaniel Aid, a rescue centre for abandoned spaniels. Staff noticed his potential as a working dog straight away.

Nicola Kebbell is a Trustee for Spaniel Aid. She said:

"Murphy came to us in February this year as an owner relinquishment. It was immediately obvious that he needed a job to do as he was extremely bouncy, energetic and ball mad."

"We are thrilled and proud to hear he has passed his training to be a police dog with Greater Manchester Police and wish him and his handler well."

More police dogs are on the way

And although they're the new kids on the block for now, it won't be too long before they're joined by a new class of rookie police cops.

Earlier this year, GMP released a picture of nine German Shepherd puppies set to enrol in the police dog training course later this year.