A police force is hoping this photograph of one of its retiring dogs proves an arresting sight ... so a new home and owner can be found for him .
German shepherd Hero is reaching the end of his career with Durham Constabulary, which has used him as a general purpose dog.
A “forever home” is needed for him as he approaches his fifth birthday next month.
The search has been launched through Paws Up Durham Retired Police Dogs’ Benevolent Fund.
A spokesman for the fund said: “He is a very affectionate dog who loves to be brushed and cuddled.
“He can be quite vocal around other dogs initially but is generally very sociable once introduced, however he does not like cats.
He is a very affectionate dog who loves to be brushed and cuddled.Paws Up spokesman
“He has never been around young children, so his reaction to this scenario is unknown.
“Hero is very clean and house trained and, despite being used to an outdoor kennel environment, he has also had lots of access to his handler’s home, so will not be overwhelmed if he has to live indoors.
“He is not huge, but despite his size he is a powerful dog but responds well to strong commands.
“Ideally suited to a home that already has a dog or dogs that are not too dominant, or to previously experienced dog owners.”
Hero was bred by the force and began working with officers in August 2013.
He has worked with its public support unit as well as its tactical firearms support section.
More details about how to apply to become Hero’s new owner and information about the work of the charity and how to donate can be found via www.pawsup.org.uk.
All interested parties please submit your interest via the Re-Homing request form found on this site ir at www.pawsup.org.uk/re-homing-register-form.html
Any interested parties will be fully vetted by police means.
Officers will conduct a house visit to ensure suitable living conditions.
Owners must be sure that they are able to commit fully to the responsibilities and lawful requirements of dog ownership.
Dogs will not be re-homed for the purposes of security/guard dog work or breeding.
The dog will be neutered at the police’s expense.
Hero will benefit from all available assistance linked to PawsUp.