Malnourished pup crammed in van with 40 other abused dogs now working for police

A “very malnourished” puppy that was rescued from the back of a van on the M6 is now helping the police stay calm after dealing with stress or trauma.

The poor pup, Clover was discovered “crammed in a cage” with 40 other dogs covered in their own faeces in the back of the van on the motorway last summer.

She was very fragile when the dogs were found and rescued and one of only a few of the animals that survived the awful treatment, writes GloucestershireLive.

Ruth Harrington, Welfare Officer said: “Clover was one of the rescue pups from the dogs found on the motorway last year in the summer the way that they were found was horrendous.

"They were crammed in cages, covered in their own faeces, she was very malnourished when she arrived and very, very fragile.

"Unfortunately a lot of the dogs did not make it, so there were only a few that did. We were fortunate enough to get Clover, that's what she is here for, to become a wellbeing dog."

After she was rescued she was nursed back to health and now she has undergone training with the Gloucestershire police.

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The precious pooch is now helping to boost officers’ wellbeing after suffering from stress or trauma while on the job.

Ruth added: "We train them to support staff or officers. Perhaps they are having a bit of a tough time or they've been through an incident that is very challenging.

"When you can pet a dog or stroke a dog, it can help you feel calmer.

Therapy animals have increasingly become used to help people with mental health troubles, to calm down and to support those on the frontlines.

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