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Police film role for rejected dog
Hot Fuzz film
The film starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost was shot in Wells
A dog who was rejected by the police for being too friendly, has appeared in Hot Fuzz, a British comedy film set in Somerset about the 'boys in blue'.

Samson, a three-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd, was turned down by Avon and Somerset Police for not having enough natural aggression.

His former owners took him for a police trial in 2005, when he was turned down.

But the makers of Hot Fuzz then saw Samson in an advert and signed him up to be a fictional patrol dog.

Ann Masling from dog charity GSD2000, where he was taken by his ex-owners, still takes Samson to media appearances.

Fame hasn't changed him at all. He loves all the attention he receives.
Ann Masling, GSD2000 charity

"He was taken along to Avon and Somerset Police but was rejected because he just wasn't fierce enough," she said.

"I can understand that, really, as he wouldn't hurt a fly. He's extremely soft and good-natured.

"But it has now all come full circle with him landing this role as a police dog."

Samson was involved in several scenes in the movie, filmed in the Somerset city of Wells.

For each day he was needed, a taxi would call at his owners' home in the Cotswolds and whisk him away for filming.

Mrs Masling said: "Fame hasn't changed him at all. He loves all the attention he receives."

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said he could not comment on Samson's case but said hundreds of dogs were turned down each year.

The film is about two policemen trying to solve a host of grisly murders.


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