Buster the German Shepard, after only 6 months on the force in Sheffield, has been relieved of his job. Known to stop for a nap while in hot pursuit of a criminal, the K-9 cop also had a fondness for inebriated bar patrons and French fries. Here is a snippet of what his handler had to say about the situation:
Two-year-old Buster performed well at the start of his 14-week training program, but his work gradually deteriorated and the problem worsened once he started patrolling the streets, he said.
On one occasion, Buster walked straight past a suspected criminal hiding in the garden of a house late at night and went off to cock his leg.
“I searched the garden myself and found the bloke. The dog had walked past the spot where I found him,” Stephenson said. “You would have expected him to use his nose to locate him.”
During a separate tracking operation, also in the early hours of the morning, Buster gave up while in mid-chase across a golf course . “He just downed tools,” Stephenson said. “He just lay down and there was nothing we could do. He has got a very low drive for finding people.”
When patrolling Rotherham at pub closing times - when the streets are often crowded with drunken revelers - Buster wagged his tail when people came up to him and ate their fries, instead of deterring potential trouble makers, his former handler said.
“He just showed no interest in doing the job,” Stephenson added. “He had no fire in his belly.”
Hehehehe! Lucky for Buster, the handler has found a new home for the friendly dog with a very nice family. Stephenson knows that he will make a lovely pet!