Tuesday, July 31

Shop Volunteers Respond to Visit

NCAR gave its Shop Volunteers a tour of the Rescue last Sunday (29/7/12). The purpose was for the Shop Volunteers to meet the team at the Rescue and have a look round and see the work that they so generously support with their time.

On the day it seemed to be enjoyed by all and given that Tom McLean posted the following on Facebook it looks as if it was.

Tom said
On behalf the team from the North Clwyd Animal Rescue Shop,Colwyn Bay, I'd like to thank Anne, Jean, Nicky, Owain, John, Caroline and all the folks at North Clwyd Animal Rescue,Trelogan for a very moving day today.The oppotunity for volunteers from our shop,along with those of our sister NCAR shops to tour the sanctuary,meet the team and see the Cats,Dogs,Rabbits and Guinea pigs ,Even Dog Walk,and see the amazing work going-on there is one that we all relished. We are deeply grateful to you all. EVERY visit to the Sanctuary leaves lasting memories.Its a fantastic place and the dedication of the team there inspires.

Shop Volunteers Visit NCAR

Shop Volunteers in the Cat Unit
On Sunday 29th July the some of our Shop Volunteers and Managers visited NCAR to see at first hand what goes on at the Rescue. These volunteers make a huge difference to the Charity by manning the Shops we have across towns in North Wales including Abergele,Colwyn Bay, Connahs Quay, Denbigh (where we have 2 shops), Mold and Prestatyn. Many of those visiting had never been to the Rescue before so it was an ideal time to see what all their hard work actually supports.
Visiting the Stray Dog Block

Some were picked up, some made their own way but  all arrived in time for drinks and buffet. They were then shown the induction course we run for new volunteers at the rescue and introduced to Anne Owen, the founder and General Manager of NCAR and Jean Sellers the current Chair Lady as well as other key members of staff.

Following the presentation they were taken on a guided tour of the rescue, visiting the Cat and Kitten Units, the Kennels, Stray Block and new rabbit unit 'Belle's Burrow'. Following the tour of the rescue many took dogs for a walk in the lovely sunshine we enjoyed on the day. 

Chair Lady, Volunteers and NCAR Staff
It was a great day with everyone appearing to enjoy the experience and many positive comments from the volunteers saying how proud they were to be supporting such a fantastic cause.

The day came to an end with a group photograph. 

Disappointment for NCAR despite crashing website TWICE

May we thank everyone who has supported us in the House competition recently, however, NCAR  received some very disappointing news today, we didn’t get through to the 2nd round of the house competition run by Persimmon Homes. This was due to the  judges in our region not putting us through – the next step would have been 3 charities from each region making up 23 charities in total going a the final public vote. The judges in our region didn't choose NCAR despite our supporters crashing their website twice with their support. Unfortunately this means we don’t even get a prize, apparently its the judges who decide, not the amount of votes and nominations each charity gets!!

Nicky Owen said " I am so gutted as this would have changed NCAR in so many ways for the better and provided our animals with so much, but never mind, we can live in hope as you never know what is round the corner. But we would like to say a massive thank you to you all for all your kind support and thoughtful words about NCAR. Our supporters are the most important thing to NCAR as they will always be there for us, so let’s be thankful for that! If anyone hears of a similar competition please please let me know at nickyowen@ncar.org.uk fingers crossed we may even win one, one of these days and all our dreams can come true! Thank you to you all xxxx "

Saturday, July 28

Your Dog's Nutrition

By  Adam Hobbs, Canine Behaviourist 


During consultations with difficult dogs the subject of diet and nutrition often arises. So here is a brief explanation as to how to understand food labels and what your dog actually requires.

Diet is fast becoming an important area of research in regards to canine behaviour. A high quality diet can make huge difference to your dog, but unfortunately the most common off the shelf commercial foods are nutritionally very poor!
Here is a brief guide on how to understand what is in commercial dog foods by reading the ingredients on the label.
First off, quick definitions for the terminology used in labelling;
Meal (chicken/beef/lamb/meat) – mammal tissue ground to small particles. Bone meal is ground up sterilized bone. The sort of meat which is ground up is generally the meat which cannot be sold on in any other form, it’s not very nutritious.
Meat derivatives  - not necessarily meat, usually heads, feet, nails, blood, hair, ligaments, if fact it can be any part of the animal, so expect it to be the least nutritional (and least profitable) parts.
By products (chicken) – beaks, feet, neck, foetuses, intestines, organ meat and feathers.  Obviously these are low in nutrition, except some organ meats.
By products (meat) – parts of the animal unfit for human consumption, heads, feet, lungs, bone, hair, tails, not good nutrition.  Unfit for humans also means the meat that is diseased.
Cereals (corn, wheat etc etc) – dogs struggle to digest cereals and get little nutrition from them. Corn and wheat are both known allergens and can contribute to allergic reactions in dogs.  It is generally used as cheap filler in foods.
On the label, food ingredients are listed by highest quantity first, so for an example of quality, here are the ingredients of 6 tinned foods off my local super market shelf.
TESCO chunks in gravy with pork and liver – Ingredients – Meat and Animal derivatives (min 4% pork, min 4% liver) cereals, vegetables, minerals & sugars.
Chappie original – Ingredients – cereals (4%), fish and fish derivatives (14% of this white fish), meat and animal derivatives (4% chicken), oils and fats, minerals, herbs.
Pedigree with chicken – Ingredients – meat and animal derivates (44% including 4% chicken), cereals, derivatives of vegetable origin, oils, fats, minerals.
Gelert country choice with chicken – Ingredients – meat and animal derivatives (chicken min 4%), cereal, derivatives of vegetable origin, vitamins, minerals.
Butchers, Pro Vitality – Ingredients - meat & animal derivatives (min 42% of which 60% chicken, 10% fresh meat) vegetables, oils & fats, minerals, mannan-oligosaccharide, joint mobility ingredients.
Butchers, Superior – Ingredients – meat and animal derivatives (total 40%, of which beef 4% min, fresh chicken 4% min), vegetables, minerals.
Not one tin simply had ‘meat’ listed as an ingredient, they all had derivates of meat as their primary ingredient, except ‘Chappie’, which had cereal first and then derivates. Also notice the low percentages of meat protein in the meals. ‘Butchers’ does have a much higher meat content, but that meat content is still only by-products. This is even before we consider the processing of dog food using high heat generally destroys most of the nourishment, vitamins, minerals, amino acids etc, so artificial nutrients and added fats (for flavour) are included after processing. 
If a dog caught and ate a rabbit, (a fairly natural thing to do in the wild) I’m very sure the quantity of meat in that meal would be far higher than, say, 4% minimum. Also the quality of that meat would be much higher. So, compared to a natural diet of catching and eating prey animals a commercial diet offers very poor quality nutrition for the modern dog.
Dry food/Kibble.  The same applies as tinned food in regards to the quality of the ingredients.
Although through selective breeding and the development of ‘pedigree’  breeds has seen huge changes in the appearance and lesser changes in potential behaviour in dogs, their digestive systems have remained the same throughout domestication. What this basically means is a dog is still designed primarily to eat prey animals, and scavenge vegetables, fruit and berries as a secondary food source. This has been so for tens of thousands (possible hundreds of thousands) of years.  Mass manufactured (commercial) dry dog food has existed for around 50 years in Europe and was developed to make profit, not improve domestic dog health. It’s rise in popularity over the last 50 years has also coincided with a dramatic rise in allergies in pet dogs.
My dog.
I feed my own dog, Mizzie, a raw meat and raw vegetable based diet.  I do add dry food (with no cereal content) principally to offer some abrasive foodstuff to help clean Mizzie’s teeth (rawhide chews and dental sticks are also used for this) and it also adds a bit more nutrient depth to the meal. I also mix in some dried meat I buy from a local pet supplier.  To further increase nutrients I also add salmon oil and multivitamins (designed for pets not people) and maybe a mashed in banana every couple of days.
The meat I use for Miz’s meals are typically mainly muscle meat with some organ meat mixed in from time to time as this helps replicate the natural concept of eating caught prey. Muscle meat would be the majority of the meal with a lesser amount of rich organ meat. Usually I will buy meat from the price reduced section of the supermarket and freeze it. Typical meat includes, beef, lamb, chicken, rabbit and fish (sometimes ham but it’s salt and fat content is high), whilst the organ meat is usually heart, liver and kidney.  Sometimes items like ox tongue appear with the price reduced so I will include that in small amounts too for variety. I also buy meat on smaller bones, like chicken wings or ox tails for variety, but more on bones later.
A general guide for the amount to feed is around 3% of the dogs body weight per day. A tin of food is usually 400g.
So typical meals may include;
Around 400g of diced beef, mashed peas/carrots/green leaf veg, a raw egg & a sprinkle of multi vitamins.
Around 400g of minced lamb, a piece of chopped liver, or chopped lamb heart, sweet potatoes, finely chopped green beans & cucumber, and a small amount of salmon oil.
Around 400g of diced chicken, a scoop of commercial dry food.
In this clip I mince up beef, prawns and lamb together with carrots, lettuce, cucumber and green beans. The mince is then put into tubs weighing around 370g and 400g (meal size portions) then put it all in the freezer. Usually I would add some organ meat into the mince too.
Mizzie has a small breakfast after our morning walk, this is generally half a tin of commercial food and the same amount of dry food (both cereal free).  Although I know this meal will be low quality nutritionally, it adds variety to her diet and also provides the convenience that if for any reason we have no raw food prepared for her (usually if I forgot to thaw some out!) then she can is still used to and comfortable eating this type of food. Also, if somebody else has to take care of her for us, it may be an easy option for that short period.
Prepared raw food meals can be bought online or from pet shops in the form of frozen blocks. This can be a good way to ensure a more balanced meal is being provided.
I’m not 100% convinced bones are necessary in a domestic dogs diet from a nutritional point of view. Bones aren’t highly digestible so it’s difficult for the dog to get nutrients from them, although the middle of the bone, the marrow, is nutritious and digestible.  Bone fragments or sharp pieces pose a small risk to the digestive system.  Although wolves, feral and stray dogs often consume the smaller to medium bones they don’t have regular meals so can’t afford to waste any aspect of a meal. Also load bearing bones, such as thigh bones are extremely hard and can damage dog’s teeth. Cooked bones are generally more brittle and therefore carry a much higher risk of splintering and damaging the dog’s stomach or intestines, cooked bones shouldn't be given to dogs.
The bones I do allow Mizzie to eat are smaller ones like chicken legs, wings and ox tails. To begin with I supervised her and made sure she understood these items need crushing and are not just wolfed down.  She systematically crushes the chicken wing bone with her back teeth as she’s eating the meat off it.  The ox tail is usually pre cut into 1 inch pieces and she also crushed these up too. She sometimes gets bigger bones just to chew on for fun as a treat. Bones are of great benefit when it comes to cleaning your dogs teeth.
I would never risk Miz swallowing a fish bone and therefore she only eats filleted fish.

Switching diets or introducing new foods.
Changing your dog’s diet should be done slowly. Digesting food is basically done via enzymes and bacteria in the stomach and intestine.  If a new food type is introduced the body needs to develop the specific enzymes and bacteria in order to digest it.  If a large amount of ‘new’ food is suddenly introduced this can cause trouble, usually diarrhoea, and the dog gets very little out of the meal. (People get exactly the same problem when they holiday in different countries or continents).
Slowly increasing the amount of new food, and reducing the old food, over a week or so gives the digestive system time to adapt and thus gain the most from the new diet.  This is also the reason I still feed my dog a commercial food breakfast, if I have no raw food for Miz her digestive system can still handle a tinned food meal instead.
If the risk of bacteria is a concern; lightly cooking raw meat by searing the surface will kill any surface borne bacteria (the meats surface is where bacteria is typically found). Although not common, being aware of this is sensible. Bear in mind dogs digestive system is more acidic than our own meaning they handle bacteria far better than we do. This isn't a great risk, but is worthy of note.
Handling raw meat of course requires high standards of cleanliness regarding storing, defrosting and the cleaning of equipment, surfaces and hands!
These foods shouldn’t be fed to dogs;
Chocolate, caffeine, macadamia nuts, walnuts, fruit pips, seeds and stones, broccoli (in large amounts), tomato (mainly the leaves and stems), alcohol, grapes (raisins, seed extract) and onions. These are all toxic for dogs.
Pacific Salmon (can contain bacteria harmful to dogs)
In Summary.
With commercial food the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ is very apt.  Cheap food is at best worse than processed fast food for humans, it is food, but living on such low nutrition brings with it a much higher risk of poor health. Of course your dog can survive on commercial foods, even the cheap awful types, (just as they could survive stray eating out of bins) but will your dog thrive? Are you giving your dog the best chance at good health? There is a very strong argument for a quality diet improving health and vastly reducing vet visits and costs!
High quality ingredients and a good variety of foods is the best way to provide your pet pooch with a good healthy balanced diet. Even if you don't feel a raw food diet would be practical for your household, consideration should still be given as to how to improve your dog's nutrition.  Cooking human grade meats from the supermarket (from the reduced section for the bargains) and adding it to your dogs meal, or replacing the tinned food for that meal, is always a good simple option to boost your dogs nutrition.
Quality tinned food diets can be found online or in some pet stores, but always check the labels now you know what you are looking for!
There are many books and websites dedicated to domestic dog diets, so researching what you think would be best isn’t a difficult process! For a raw food diet, search for; BARF (Bones And Raw Food) diet, RMB (Raw Meaty Bones) diet or Natural dog diets etc. Or, look for books by Ian Billinghurst who has been very popular in this field for over 20 years.

Friday, July 27

The Enrichment Area Takes Shape

Taken Thursday 26/7/12
The Enrichment Barn for the dogs is progressing rapidly , as you can see from these photographs. 

The first two photographs show the same area just 24 hours apart.

We hope to start paining the interior next week, however, we are still looking for some help to fully complete the project so, if anyone can donate any white pvc windows or wooden doors (any size), or any doggie enrichment items, we would be most grateful.
Same area Friday 27/7/12

As we have said we hope to complete the whole project (all kitted out) by the end of August, if you have any items you can donate to help complete this project please contact nickyowen@ncar.org.uk or call Nicky on 01745 560546.

Part of the interior 27/7/12

Wednesday, July 25

Enrichment Barn a step closer thanks to Pedigree Grant

We are always looking at ways to make the lives of our animals as comfortable and stimulating as possible during their stay  with us. The new enrichment area for the dogs is an old existing Dutch barn that was falling down and the roof had major leaks.

As it is now
Thanks to a grant from Pedigree UK, who have donated money through their Pedigree Adoption Scheme, we are transforming this old dilapidated building into a Dog Enrichment Barn. This new enrichment area will have loads of amazing activities to keep the dogs occupied and stimulate their minds.
The roof is being replaced as we speak and work is on-going to transform it, the majority of the construction work should be completed within the next couple of weeks, however, we are still looking for some help to fully complete the project so, if anyone can donate any white pvc windows or wooden doors (any size), or any doggie enrichment items, we would be most grateful.

Hopefully this project will be completed (all kitted out) by the end of August, if you have any items you can donate to help complete this project please contact nickyowen@ncar.org.uk or call Nicky on 01745 560546.

We'll keep you up to date on progress and a big thank you to Pedigree 

Socialisation Session

8 rescue dog mix (3 adults & 5 pups)

We set up a socialisation session up at the rescue centre for some of the dogs and puppys. Non of the dogs were perfect but all could benefit from a well organised session such as this.

We took them for a group walk so they could meet each other then we came back to the fenced in paddock and let them off lead.

All the dogs and pups behaved very well and we were most impressed by Fido the jack russel and Micheal the collie, both were very short on social skills but were fantastic in the group learning and showing great manners. 

In the group was, Joey the adult white wirey terrier, Dion the adult brindle lurcher, Max the adult spanial, Fido the young male JRT, Tess the young female JRT, Micheal the young collie, Harriet the brown terrier pup and everybodys little favourite Brax the white staffie pup (who was actually the best behaved!) 

10 Reasons Dogs are better than kids

With the summer holidays upon us and schools on holiday does any of this ring true?

10 Reasons Dogs are better than Kids

1. Dogs can be ready to leave the house in 5 seconds flat. 

2. Dogs love nap time 

3. Dogs don’t need their own mobile phone 

4. Dogs don't care if the peas touched the mashed potatoes. 

5. Dogs can be housetrained in a few weeks

6. Dogs don’t have to have the latest fashions 

7. Dogs never grow out of being kissed in front of their friends 

8. Dogs are not embarrassed if you sing in public. 

9. Dogs don’t constantly ask you “Why” 

10. Dogs don’t ask you for money 

Tuesday, July 24

Rhyl Air Show a hit for NCAR

The RAF Red Arrows
NCAR had a presence at the Rhyl Air Show last Saturday & Sunday where we were busy micro-chipping dogs as well as raising much needed funds to continue our important work at the Rescue. 

During the weekend we micro-chipped a total of 14 dogs, one couple on holiday from Blackpool saw our trailer and decided to have their dog chipped. One very responsible youngster brought his dog to be micro-chipped to make sure it was returned should it ever get separated from him.

Tornado Low level along the prom
NCAR will be at various events this summer micro-chipping so check out where our trailer is going to be and visit us to get your pets micro-chipped, or alternatively visit us at the Rescue any day between 11am and 4pm to get your pet chipped, it takes only seconds and we only charge £10 per pet.
Search & Rescue demo

NCAR Win Trophy at Prestatyn Carnival

Volunteers holding the Trophy
Sylvester & Woody relaxing after a busy day
Thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers NCAR won a trophy for the Best Charity Float entry for 2012. It was a sunny day which brought out the crowds and made it a fun day for all. The NCAR entry did well thanks to Sylvester and Scooby doo for dressing up and Woody the pup for keeping awake to draw the crowds and everyone that took part.

Sunday, July 22

Visit us at Rhyl Air Show Today

Why not come and visit us at the Rhyl Air Show today the big orange trailer is situated near the lifeboat station. Flying display starts at 2pm with the RAF Search. & Rescue demo

Last Minute Reprieve for Death Row Dogs

All the dogs photograhed here were rescued from dog pounds accross the North West this week, by NCAR. Without exception they were hours away from being put to sleep, by this weekend they would have gone. From a health point of view there is nothing wrong with these dogs, their only crime, they were strays, abandoned by their owners and taking up space needed to admit more strays abandoned by their owners. 

NCAR thought this was wrong and swung into action, they contacted their supporters and foster families and thanks to the generosity of the foster families making room in their homes until kennel space becomes available at NCAR, 10 of these dogs have been saved and soon will have new homes, new caring homes.

If you want to help, are interested in any of the dogs or know someone who may be please contact us at NCAR .

Saturday, July 21

Bonnie's 1 week transformation

Bonnie's 1 week transformation

Bonnie came into the rescue as a stray, she was completely matted and covered in dirt and brambles. Her matts were so tight they were pulling on her skin, she bit several people as they tried to touch her or try to put lead on or off her. 

Her owners were contacted but wanted nothing to do with her!

First I needed to gain some trust from her before I even thought about sorting out her coat. 
I spent some time with her getting her used to being touched getting her ready for her grooming. The matts were so tight they restricted her movement! It took two of us to groom Bonnie, one to hold her and keep her calm and one to work on cutting the matts out. 

Once Bonnie was matt free she was much more comfortable moving about, she was able to run fast and even jump (which she previously couldn't). She also became much more happy about being picked up and handled to the point where she was actively came looking for a fuss.

Bonnie's turnaround in behaviour is testament to what dogs can achieve in a short space of time with the right guidance despite having a poor background. This video was filmed over the 3 sessions I spent with Bonnie at North Clwyd Animal Rescue

White men can`t jump (so the film goes!!) but Cats sure can....

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Amazing - nothing really to add.

Visit NCAR at Prestatyn Carnival, & Rhyl Air. Show Today

The NCAR orange trailer will be at the Prestatyn Carnival today why not visit us or cheer for,us in the procession.
If you are at the Rhyl Air Show visit us near the Lifeboat Station and see the Red Arrows at 12.30

Compulsory Micro-chipping of Dogs in Wales

The Welsh assembly Government have published their consultative document on the compulsory micro-chipping of all dog in Wales and have invited comments.

They have concluded, based on a survey, that there are approximately 463,000 dogs in Wales with 30% of all households having at least 1 dog.

With an increasing number of stray dogs being recorded, it was estimated that 9,482 stray dogs were handled in Wales in 2011; it seems that current identification legislation is not working.

In 2011, Welsh Government officials held a series of small, informal meetings with key stakeholders that included database holders, welfare organisations and enforcement officers. The purpose of these meetings was to determine the then current position with microchipping, and to identify any issues that needed to be considered in taking forward this proposal. It was clear from all meetings that there is a high level of support for the introduction of compulsory microchipping in Wales. Micro-chipping would provide permanent identification that is difficult to remove.

Compulsory microchipping could:
• Improve animal welfare by making it easier to reunite a stray dog with its owner. The period of confinement for microchipped stray dogs may be reduced, therefore reducing the level of stress for the dog when separated from its owner.
• Develop further, responsible ownership by introducing greater traceability of owners (past and current).
• Help establish liability and prove ownership.
• Will assist control measures in case of any diseases that can be transferred to humans.
• Act as a deterrent against dog theft – the microchip relates the dog to its owner and therefore it can be determined if the dog is stolen.

The Welsh Government is proposing that all dogs in Wales are to be microchipped. However, in making that proposal, there are a number of options which could be taken.

Option 1:  Not introduce legislation but continue to work with local authorities and third sector organisations to encourage owners to microchip their dogs on a voluntary basis.
Option 2: Microchip puppies only
Option 3: Microchip new puppies and older dogs on transfer of ownership
Option 4: Micro-chipping new puppies and upon transfer of ownership at first, moving to micro-chipping all dogs within one year of the legislation coming into force.
Option 5: Micro-chipping new puppies upon transfer of ownership at first, moving to micro-chipping all dogs at a future date.

NCAR supports micro-chipping and charges only £10 per animal. Why not visit us at the Rescue or our Trailer at events this summer. For a list of where the trailer will be, click on  Trailer Events  This is updated as more events are added
For full details of the Consultative Document visit this link :Consultative Document

To add your thoughts to this consultative document on line, visit - Complete On line form

The consultation ends on the 8th August, 2012

Friday, July 20

They wouldn't, would they?

Welsh Councils 'Get Tough' on dog mess

Following a trial in the use of a private company to target irresponsible dog owners who don't clean up after their dogs, other councils are considering doing the same.Blaenau Gwent Council are currently the only council in Wales to employ a private company to issue fines to those that don't clean up after their pets. The result was that the number of fines issued rose from 10 a year to 1,099.

Now there is interest in employing private companies to do the job in other South Wales Councils with a second Welsh council hiring a private security firm to enforce fines. The one year trial from 30th July is designed to 'significantly improve' the cleanliness of their streets, parks, beaches and other open spaces. The Vale of Glamorgan issued 13 fines the previous year!

You’ve heard of K-9 but this is Cam-9! Police dogs are fitted with the latest digital cameras.

  • Police dogs at Staffordshire Police are equipped with FidoCam in a UK first
  • The digital camera, fitted to the dog's head, transmits live images to a monitor held by police

  • Can be used in firearm incidents, searching for offenders or missing persons

    Dog is a man’s best friend and now, with the latest technology, they’re keeping policemen out of harm's way.
Jerry Lee the police sniffer dog might have kept James Belushi's police detective character out of trouble in the action comedy K-9, but dogs at Staffordshire Police are using digital cameras to keep their officers safe.
The Staffordshire police dogs are the first in the UK to be equipped with the new FidoCam, a digital camera unit fitted on their heads to fight crime.
Canine camera: Police dogs at Staffordshire Police are being fitted with FidoCams to search for offenders and missing persons in buildings and dense woodland
Canine camera: Police dogs at Staffordshire Police are being fitted with FidoCams to search for offenders and missing persons in buildings and dense woodland
Crime fighters: With police dog Max fitted with FidoCam, Officer Darren Aird can get information to deal with situations safely and appropriately  
Crime fighters: With police dog Max fitted with FidoCam, Officer Darren Aird can get information to deal with situations safely and appropriately
The unit, together with a dog’s keen sense of smell, are used in firearm incidents, searching for dangerous offenders in buildings or missing persons in dense woodland and undergrowth.
The digital camera and radio transmitter relays footage and sound back to officers on a live colour monitor held by officers. 
Inspector Chris Dawson, from Staffordshire Police’s Dog Support Unit, said: ‘This bit of kit is fantastic, it attaches to the dog’s head and we can get a live view of what they are seeing.

    A dog's view: Images are streamed back to the live colour monitor quicker and more accurately than the older, analogue version
    A dog's view: Images are streamed back to the live colour monitor quicker and more accurately than the older, analogue version
    ‘There are many situations when this technology will be beneficial to our officers. 
    ‘For example, when searching for a dangerous person we can send the dog into a building with the camera to search for them, when they indicate a find by barking we will be able to see exactly what or who they have found. 
    ‘This will ultimately provide us with more information so we can deal with the situation safely and appropriately.
    Sniff them out: Max's keen sense of smell means he can seek out an offender quickly
    Sniff them out: Max's keen sense of smell means he can seek out an offender quickly
    ‘It will also be extremely useful when searching difficult or inaccessible areas for missing people – a dog can make its way through dense woodland and undergrowth very quickly. 
    ‘While the handler will maintain verbal contact with the dog this camera will allow them to search vast areas a lot faster.’ 

    FidoCam is replacing an analogue version which had a limited signal range.
    Sgt Tom Marshall of Staffordshire Police said: ‘The camera is different because it has a digital receiver meaning it’s less bulky, gives a good extended range, great picture quality and will have sound.

    ‘We will use it in buildings, warehouses, woods and just about anywhere to search for an offender and because it’s digital, it won’t lose signal.
    ‘Whilst we accept that our job is risky, the dog cameras will give us a chance to hear and see the offender so we can locate them quickly.’

    The equipment makes a policeman’s job much safer and quicker Sgt Marshall said.
    He said: ‘The dogs can locate a human fast because of their fantastic sense of smell, so with the digital camera on their head streaming back to the sergeant, it means we will be able to act quicker and more accurately.

    ‘It’s also the first of this type of camera to be made in the UK so it’s nice to support a British firm.’
    The 'two toughest cops in town': Jerry Lee the dog and actor James Belushi starred in the 1989 film K-9 making a name in Hollywood for police sniffer dogs everywhere
    The 'two toughest cops in town': Jerry Lee the dog and actor James Belushi starred in the 1989 film K-9 making a name in Hollywood for police sniffer dogs everywhere

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2175831/Police-force-kit-force-dogs-digital-cameras-gather-evidence.html#ixzz217XLdCMK