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TV roles for animals

Horses and dogs from Greater Manchester Police have been turned into TV stars for a programme following them at work.

The Mounted and Dog sections featured on a week of Pet Rescue programmes on Channel 4. During the last week the animals were seen carrying out a wide range of duties all to protect communities in the county.

Inspector David Willcocks, of the Mounted Unit, said: "We were delighted to be able to take people behind the scenes to show what the animals do to make the streets safer."

Inspector David Heron, responsible for the Dog section, added: "Both dogs and horses are a key part of modern day policing. They are highly trained and carry out a vital role alongside police officers."

The programmes showed how the animals are trained to carry out their roles on the streets of Greater Manchester, the horses getting ready for a Premier League football match, and dogs searching a house.

Greater Manchester Police has around 40 horses and 149 dogs that have assisted in many policing major events and high profile initiatives including Operation Hawk.