Meet new tracker dog, Smirrie

2015-06-03 06:00

Charles Haden (UFPA FPO), Goodman Ngcobo (dog handler), Smirrie, Cole Ngcongo and Roger Scheffer (Buffalo Security).

Charles Haden (UFPA FPO), Goodman Ngcobo (dog handler), Smirrie, Cole Ngcongo and Roger Scheffer (Buffalo Security).

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THE newest member of the Umvoti Fire Protection Association is Smirrie­, a 16-month-old German Shepherd who has been trained as a human scent tracker dog by Dogs and All.

He replaced Nitsi, who retired from service at the age of 10 and has returned to Dogs and All in Malmesbury­ as a training dog for new handlers.

Smirrie, who arrived just two weeks ago, has already been called out twice - the first to a fire at Townlands which was started at 3.30am on Wednesday. Within 20 minutes of finding a scent, he followed the track with his handler for a kilo- metre into a kraal. The case is being investigated.

The next track was for stolen cattle­ and Smirrie picked up a scent and track, but unfortunately, the scent was lost when the animals were loaded onto a vehicle.

Smirrie’s handlers are Cole Ngcongo and Goodman Ngcobo, both Buffalo Security employees. There has been a smooth handover of the dog and his new handlers.

Nitsi and her handlers had a very good track record involving arson, cable theft, housebreakings, armed robbery, stock theft and poaching – many times resulting in prosecutions.

Smirrie is sponsored by the Umvoti Fire Protection Association and his services are available to paid-up members for any fire-related or security matters.

Should you require Smirrie’s assistance, contact Charles Haden on 076 154 1090

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