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The puppies can be a handful sometimes

A kennel attendant's job is busy


 Joe Hemsley is a kennel attendent

Kennel attendants

It's far from a dog's life at the dog section's kennels for the animals who come under the expert care of the force's kennel attendants.

Throughout their working life from pup to retirement, every need of every dog is taken care of.

Kennel attendant Joe Hemsley explains: "We work from 7am to 8pm, seven days a week, all year round. We care for and make sure all the dogs are healthy, fit and well and help the handlers with any needs for their dogs.

"A typical day starts with the feeding, exercising and grooming all our dogs, making sure all special dietary and exercise requirements are met.

"Then we clean all the kennels and check the physical and mental wellbeing of the dogs to make sure they are healthy and in good condition. All dogs are then exercised every two to three hours and fed at teatime."

The kennel attendant's role also includes re-homing ex-police dogs, a breeding programme, managing the food stocks, disinfectant and medical supplies and overseeing the microchipping of the dogs.

Joe said: "The best part of the job is working with the dogs. They all have their own personalities and we bond with them all.