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Police puppy cam launched

A SCOTTISH police force has launched a webcam to monitor the progress of its latest recruits - six newborn Cocker Spaniel puppies.

The public can log on to Strathclyde Police's website for updates on the progress of the pups, who will be trained as search dogs.

Officers installed a camera in their kennels, which will broadcast live from the dog unit based at Pollok Park. The site, thought to be a first in the UK, is updated every 15 minutes.

The pups' mother, Izzy, a three-year-old Cocker Spaniel, delivered her litter of four girls and two boys on 25 June. All the pups are doing well.

Inspector Alan Davis, of the Scottish Police Dog Training Centre, said: ‘Strathclyde Police runs a unique in-house dog breeding programme and whilst this litter is the sixth to be produced since the initiative began in 2002, the new pups are the first litter of specialist search dogs to be born.

‘Cocker spaniels are used in specialist areas such as drugs, explosives, weapons or cash detection and victim recovery work. Of the 35 pups born into the programme so far, 25 have gone on to be come fully fledged police dogs working throughout the force area.