A brave Cheshire Police dog needs a new home for his well-earned retirement.
Simba the German Shepherd is described as loyal, loving and obedient.
The handsome six-year-old pooch can no longer be passed fit for duty because of a leg injury and the force is looking for an experienced owner to take him in.
The German Shepherd Dog Rescue centre has been seeking a new home for Simba on behalf of Cheshire Police.
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He has been living with PC Mark Rendell during his recovery from surgery on his leg.
PC Rendell said: “For the last 4 months Simba has lived in doors with my family.
“He is house trained and has been a perfect house guest.
“He is an incredibly friendly, loving and loyal dog once confidence is gained.”
Simba has been living in Winsford since he was moved to Cheshire Constabulary from Essex Police in 2014.
But the German Shepherd needed cruciate ligament surgery after suffering an injury to his right rear leg in June 2016.
Unfortunately the damage was serious enough that he can no longer be passed fully fit to return to police work despite a ‘remarkable’ recovery.
Simba has also battled a pancreatic condition throughout his six years.
A handler with experience of German Shepherds would be perfect for Simba, who can be aggressive on first meetings with people and other dogs before he gets to know them.
He also requires open space to be let off the lead and run free.
The police dog fund will provide the money for the medication Simba needs for his medical condition when it is required.