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Darcy back on track


DARCY, THE fire rescue dog who faced six months in quarantine, after seeking survivors following an earthquake in Indonesia, has had a reprieve.

Campaigners have been fighting relentlessly in their thousands to free the Essex fire service rescue dog, as reported recently in OUR DOGS.

In a deal agreed by the Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, Darcy will now spend the remaining five months in Lexden, Colchester, where she is ordinarily based, in line with a compromise deal. Darcy will still have to be penned in according to laws designed to keep the UK free of rabies.

But she will be able to resume working with handler John Ball of Essex County Fire Service’s Urban Search and Rescue Team.

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