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A charity which helps support serving and retired police dogs has been presented with a cheque on behalf of the Northamptonshire Police Dog Section.
More than £2,500 was raised for the Thin Blue Paw Foundation through the sale of the 2022 fundraising calendar featuring some of the Force’s much-loved police dogs.
Each month features one of our fabulous PDs in action, recognising the policing service, alongside their handlers, they provide all year round to fight crime and protect our communities.
Trustee Gemma Wardell received the cheque from Chief Constable Nick Adderley and Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold at a special presentation held at Darby House in Wellingborough.
PD Ebby and PD Frankie were also on hand, alongside their handler PC Ash Price, to thank Gemma and the charity, which provides much-needed financial support for veterinary and rehabilitation treatment.
The charity has supported some of the Force’s PDs in recent years, including Nala, who sadly passed away shortly after being presented with a Thin Blue Paw Lifetime Achievement award for her work within policing.
Chief Constable Adderley said: “The fantastic sales of the 2022 calendar really go to show how valued our Dog Section is and demonstrates how respected and supported the police dogs and their handlers are by our community.
“The Thin Blue Paw Foundation provide support for veterinary and rehabilitation treatment to both our serving and retired police dogs, and we hope the money raised can help them continue the good work they already do.”
Stephen Mold added: “Police dogs play an important role in keeping the county safe, fighting crime and protecting the people of Northamptonshire. It is right that we do what we can to support these four-legged heroes to ensure they live happy and healthy lives while in service and once retired.
“I am delighted we have been able to raise vital funds for the Thin Blue Paws Foundation through the sale of the calendars. It is these donations that enable the charity to support handlers and new owners to maintain the health and welfare of current and former police dogs for as long as they need.”
Gemma said: “We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who organised the calendar, had their photos taken and bought one to hang on their wall. Every pound helps us to support ex-police dogs in their retirements and ensure they have access to the very best veterinary care, medication and treatment.”
You can find out more about the vital work of the charity at thinbluepaw.org.uk or if you would like to keep up-to-date with all the news from the Dog Section, you can follow @northantsdogs on Twitter.