Sniffer dogs are now
being targeted by criminals because of their success.
This spaniel was used by security forces to find illegal
weapons in Iraq.
Hiding from the hitman - gangsters take out
contract on sniffer dog Rocky's life by Gulliver
Gangsters have put out a contract on Rocky the sniffer dog's
life because of his success in stamping out drug smuggling
inside a prison.
The black and white spaniel has scored a remarkable record
of 10 busts a day in his first fortnight on the job at Limerick
Prisoners inside the top Irish jail have been suffering cold
turkey since Rocky's sniffing abilities cut off their drugs
Some of Limerick city's most notorious criminals in the jail's
D wing staged a riot and smashed all their TVs in protest
at the new recruit.
The canine cop is averaging 10 busts a day in the prison visiting
area. Most of the drugs recovered is cannabis.
The specially trained dog goes around the visiting area while
the inmates are getting visits from relatives or friends.
If he detects an illegal substance, he will sit beside the
smuggler, wag his tail and stare up at the person.
That's the signal for prison staff to pounce and search the
Rocky has proved such a success as prison detective that criminals
inside the jail have ordered their associates in Limerick's
crime gangs to have the dog killed.
They have tried to take pictures of Rocky on their mobile
phones and send it to gangs outside the jail so that contracted
hitmen will recognise the drug buster dog.
Because of this Rocky's whereabouts when off duty are kept
a closely guarded secret.
It is believed the dog is owned by a private security company
and is contracted to the prison service.
"He is a lovely dog and is rewarded for each hit or bust
he makes. He's the best-ever recruit the prison has had in
fighting drugs," a prison source told the Irish Examiner
As a result of Rocky's work, prison visits in Limerick are
down by more than 30pc. Visitor numbers are expected to return
to normal soon but with fewer attempts to smuggle in drugs.
Rocky is one of three specially trained dogs specially being
used in a pilot scheme to tighten up security in Irish prisons.
The availability of drugs inside the country's prisons is
a major concern.