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From pound to patrol

The [very good] poster boy for a dog adoption promotion by Carterton District Council [CDC] has been snapped up as a trainee for Wellington Airport’s K9 Explosive Detector Dog Unit.

Jay, a two-year-old huntaway cross, had been patiently awaiting a home but got a job offer instead.

He began his initial one-week trial after discussions with the district’s animal control officer, a CDC spokesperson said.

Jay’s trial has now been extended to more than a month, and he has been allocated a trainer.

The Wellington Airport’s K9 Explosive Detector Dog Unit picked up on Carterton District Council’s recent bid to find new homes for dogs rescued and kept in the pound.

As part of his initial testing, Jay was named by the Explosive Detector Dog Unit, which trains puppies and young dogs to sniff out explosives.

A spokesperson for the unit said it’s early days, but Jay is proving to be a good prospect to join the team.

“Jay is having fun. He is highly driven for play and finding the ball. He needs to start using his nose. It’s a good sign that we have extended the trial period.”

CDC planning and regulatory services manager Solitaire Robertson said she was delighted about the opportunity Jay is receiving.

“It is such good news that Jay got a second chance.

“If he does get taken on by the Unit, it would be a fantastic happy ending. “

Robertson said the council anticipated a decision on Jay’s employment would be made by the end of the month.

If Jay stays with the unit, he will undertake a six-month intensive training programme.

The unit spokesperson said it was always on the hunt for talented dogs to add to their ranks.

    To find out more about rehoming dogs, CDC can be contacted at 06 379 4030 or [email protected].

Grace Prior
Grace Prior
Grace Prior is a senior reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with a keen interest in environmental issues. Grace is the paper’s health reporter and regularly covers the rural sector, weather, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and coastal stories.

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