Warm tributes have been paid to a crime fighting police dog that has had to take early retirement due to illness.
Lancashire police dog Aron, who has “caught more than his fair share of bad guys” according to the force’s dog handlers, is to leave the force.
His most memorable moment was finding a missing person, deemed as being high risk and vulnerable, who had collapsed in a building yard in East Lancashire.
He has also caught several burglars and car thieves during searches, and recovered countless items of stolen property.
Sadly, the five-year-old Malinois (Belgian Shepherd), who was a trained general purpose dog, has been diagnosed with the painful condition spondylosis, bringing his colourful canine career to an end.
Staff noticed he was having problems with his back legs during a recent training exercise.
Sgt Neil Fitzgerald said: “Aron is a boisterous and friendly dog - and a very good thief taker.
“We are very sad at his retirement because he has been a brilliant police dog.”
His handler, PC Hayley Hoy-Durant, who will look after him while he has treatment, said: “Aron has been a fabulous partner to work with and he’s caught more than his fair share of bad guys.
“Aron is making good progress every day and will hopefully have a long and happy retirement.”