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Last Updated: Tuesday October 18 2005 08:26 GMT

Police dog sacked for being nice

Buster and handler PC David Stephenson
A police dog has been forced to quit his job, because he's too nice.

Buster, a two-year-old German Shepherd, made no arrests and ignored fleeing criminals during his six months with the South Yorkshire Police.

He tried to make friends with people he should have been catching, and in one case, decided to lie down for a bit of a rest while chasing a burglar.

Dog handler PC David Stephenson said he was "a brilliant dog who will make a great family pet" when he's re-homed.

"He just showed no interest in doing the job. He had no fire in his belly", added PC Stephenson.

"It's not his fault. He's just a dog who wanted to be friendly with everyone."

Buster's career with the police came to a close when he twice missed people who were hiding in gardens, even walking straight past one of them.

Buster did fine on a 14-week training course, but PC Stephenson said he just couldn't handle the real thing.

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