A Good Samaritan found a litter of 4 abandoned Cocker Spaniel puppies left to ʀᴏᴛ ɪɴ an alley in Redhill, Surrey. The litter had patchy skin and crusty eyes and was severely sɪᴄᴋ from ᴄʀɪᴛɪᴄᴀʟ ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs. They were then taken in by the workers at Millbrook Animal Centre in Chobham.
After many months of complicated care and treatment, the puppies, named Mike, El, Lucas, and Dustin, recovered fabulously. Mike, El, Lucas were adopted by wonderful families, respectively. However, poor Dustin was still waiting for his long-awaited moment in the sunshine.
The siblings are all mild-mannered except for Dustin. He wasn’t exactly cut out for a settled and sheltered family life. He had the soul of an explorer and his exuberance was simply too much for potential adopters. He loved puzzles, games, but no one was ready to cater to his constant need for stimulation.
Thus, the process of raising ailing Dustin into a beautiful boy began. His carers were disappointed to see his undesirability among adopters. They made a game to change Dustin. As the adventurer pooch began getting bored at the shelter, the workers started hiding his tennis balls in odd places just to keep him engaged.
Upon seeing Dustin’s crazy sniffing and searching abilities, caretakers contacted the local police to recommend Dustin as a possible recruit. Within a few days, things were going pretty smoothly, and Dustin was roped in as a new member of Surrey and Sussex Dog Unit!
Dustin was renamed Badger and he served with Officer Steph Barrett. He is busy with the task of finding ᴅʀᴜɢs, money and weapons for the police. From being left to perish on the streets, to overcoming rejection, to finding his true calling – Dustin sure has come a long way in the first 20 months of his life. We are so proud of him and we wish him good luck!