Officers and animal lovers pay tribute to police dog

Police have paid tribute to a top police dog who died after years helping keep people safe.

Northumbria Police posted a farewell to German shepherd Brodie online, honouring his time service with the force.

In a Facebook post, police said: "Some sad news today, recently retired PD Bodie passed away last night after a short illness.

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"Bodie was a force bred puppy born in 2006, who was licenced to patrol the streets of Northumbria from October 2007. During his time on the streets Bodie excelled as a Police Dog, being involved in numerous high profile incidents & producing some outstanding results.

"In 2010 Bodie made the step up to become a Firearms Support Dog, working with our firearms teams, a standard that only the very best of our dogs achieve.

"Bodie was a big dog who will be a big miss to us all."

Pet lovers also joined in saying goodbye to the hound.

Wayne Wilson said: "Don't be sad when a working dog walks over the rainbow bridge he is just clearing the path ahead and making the other side safer for everyone else x a loss to those left behind but an asset to all the other pups on the other side x"

Debbie Rose Hinds said: "Rip Bodie a proper dog with a proper job to do, he must of had the most stimulated brain going, and loved his pack leader."

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Miranda Oliver-Brown said: "Thank you Bodie for all your hard work. R.I.P big lad - we are all so proud of you.

My thoughts are with his owners at this sad time."