New Litter Of Police Pups Given Names From Sick Kids
The NSW Police Dog Unit has officially announced the names of 12 new canine recruits, as chosen by sick kids from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
The nine male and three female Belgian Malinois – from the ‘Y’ litter – were born in February this year to mum ‘Lola’ and dad ‘Kwint’.
Following a public call out for suggestions on Facebook, a list of names starting with the letter ‘Y’ was provided to the hospital for the kids to make the final decisions.
Dog Unit Commander, Acting Superintendent Toby Lindsay says the involvement of the community in the puppy naming process is a long running tradition.
“We were excited to see nearly 5000 name suggestions on Facebook and are really pleased to involve the Children’s Hospital at Westmead for the third time to help with the naming of the puppies,”
Director of Community Relations and Marketing at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Gilly Paxton, said, “The chance for our patients to name the Y litter of puppies is so special and a memory they will treasure for many years to come,”
“Being in hospital can be tough and a visit like this really helps to brighten the day of our patients.”
The 10-week old pups will be fostered out to specialised foster carers and begin training soon to become either general purpose or detection police dogs.
The NSW Police Force Dog Unit was formed in 1932, but disbanded in 1954 before commencing modern day operations in 1979 and currently forms part of the NSW Police Transport and Public Safety Command.
The Dog Unit’s breeding program has been running since 2004, and has bred 28 litters of German Shepherd pups, two litters of Labrador pups, two litters of English Springer Spaniels, and one litter of Belgian Malinois.