A PC with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit has paid tribute to former police dog Nero who sadly died this week.
“Nero was a lovely dog and a great colleague and I loved working with him. I am devastated by the news,” said PC Clive Warncken, who had worked with Nero for six years before the police dog retired.
Nero was forced to retire early after he suffered a broken neck and other injuries whilst on duty in Watford in 2016.
Nero and Clive had been searching for robbery suspects. When they were spotted, Nero was sent to chase and detain them.
The offenders ran off and jumped a fence with Nero following, not realising there was a 12 foot drop on the other side.
While his injuries were treated he did not make a full recovery and so was forced to retire.
PC Warncken said: “I had desperately hoped he would make a full recovery but with his health and wellbeing being paramount the decision was made to retire him.
“I am grateful for the years we spent together and will miss him.”