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Benny the rescue pup in training to become PSNI dog

PSNI in Antrim have taken ownership of a rescue dog for their Police College Dog Training Unit.

Benny, believed to be a Malinois Cross, was taken from a local dog shelter and is now undergoing his 'rescue dog' training at Steeple.

To become a fully fledged police dog, Benny will face a number of challenges and tests to see if he is at the required standard to become a police dog.

If he successfully passes these tests, the rescue pup will be entered onto the Young Dog Scheme at the age of eight months.

The PSNI say they intend to post regular "Pupdates" with regards to Benny's progress.

The Police Service of Antrim have said in their Facebook post: "The main challenge of using rescue dogs for the Puppy Scheme is the lack of information we know with regards to the dogs breeding and age."

They added: "If for any reason Benny fails to make the grade as a Police Dog we will find him a carefully vetted home but everyone here in the Police College Dog Training Unit hope Benny has a long and successful career Keeping People Safe in his role as a Police Dog."

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