Meet Roscoe, London Fire Brigade’s 12-year-old Springer Spaniel who has been named “Animal of the Year” this week.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare recognised him during a ceremony in the House of Lords yesterday. Roscoe is an exceptionally hard-working fire dog, with 11 years of solid service using his powerful nose to sniff out causes of fires such as lighter fluid and petrol.
He’s never even missed a single shift, and attended over 600 fires in London.
The adorable canine even has special protective shoes to ensure his paws don’t get hurt when at the scene of fires.
Roscoe was supposed to retire two years ago, but refused and just carried on turning up for work.
“Roscoe always surprises me and it gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction to see him enjoying the work while finding the cause of suspicious fires and helping to keep people safe,” said his handler, watch manager Mick Boyle.
“When members of the public see him arrive at the scene of a fire and ask why he’s there I say he’s going to tell me who started the fire.
“At the age of one year Roscoe came to me to start training after being given up for rehoming by his previous owners. Immediately he hit the ground running,” Mick added.
(Pics: London Fire Brigade)