Northamptonshire Police dog Herbie and his handler PC Emma Reed attended a star-studded event in London in aid of abandoned dogs.
Herbie is one of the force’s specialist search dogs, and was re-homed from Battersea Dogs Home in May when he was just six-months-old.
The English springer spaniel is now a fully trained drugs recovery dog, and in the New Year he will be trained to detect firearms and cash.
Herbie and his handler were invited to take part in the dog ‘guard of honour’ on the red carpet at Battersea’s Collars and Coats Gala Ball yesterday.
The ball had a star-studded line-up, which included His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO and Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, TV stars and Battersea Ambassadors Amanda Holden and Paul O’Grady MBE, actor Anthony Head, Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, sports presenter Gary Lineker and Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey from Wellingborough.
Dog Section Sergeant Keith Womble said: “We were delighted to be able to support this fantastic event, which was anticipated to raise over £350k for Battersea.
“Herbie went into Battersea because his owners could no longer keep him, and we are very grateful that his potential as a service dog was identified by the home’s service dog manager.
“Taking him to London to take part in the dog ‘guard of honour’ gave us the opportunity to give something back.
“Herbie proved very popular with the many celebrities who attended and was perfectly behaved throughout.
“He’s a very fast learner and is a real asset to the force.”