POLICE are appealing for help to find a home for Betty, an 11-week-old German Shepherd.
Betty needs a home for nine months to help with socialisation prior to embarking on her new career as a police dog.
She is too young to start intensive training so police require a family to home her until her first birthday.
Paul Glennon, canine development officer for the force, said: "Betty underwent her routine medical along with her three brothers to start in the puppy scheme but unfortunately was diagnosed with a heart murmur. Veterinary advice was the murmur would prevent her being a police dog. Plans were put in place to find her a suitable pet home subject to a full cardiac specialist examination to determine the level of future care she might need.
"The cardiac specialist found there was nothing serious to worry about and passed her fit to start on her journey to be a police dog. Her three brothers are currently all with their new puppy walker families and we are now keen to find a family for Betty.
"Since she was diagnosed two weeks ago she has been living with our canine development officer pending seeing the cardiac specialist. We are now keen for her to follow her brothers in a new home with her own puppy walker."
He said it was important to find the right people who have the time, patience and determination to give the dogs the best start.
"All puppy walkers must have a settled family background, a secure garden and are willing to undertake daily exercise, grooming and care with the dog," he said.
"Ideal applicants will have previous experience caring for dogs but what is most important to us is that they share our aim to produce a well-balanced, confident and social dog. It is very rewarding for both the dog and the family, and maybe the hardest thing will be handing her back when she is ready."
Anyone interested in becoming a puppy walker who meets the criteria is asked to please call the Dog Training School on 01392 452410.