Skin-and-bones stray dog now top of the K9 class

Gareth Wilson

VALUABLE NOSE: Warrant Officer Riaan Victor and his dog Velle sift through the smoking rubble left by a fire that burnt down half of Cash Crusaders in Newton Park in the early hours of yesterday morning. Picture: B-JAY PIERCEY
VALUABLE NOSE: Warrant Officer Riaan Victor and his dog Velle sift through the smoking rubble left by a fire that burnt down half of Cash Crusaders in Newton Park in the early hours of yesterday morning. Picture: B-JAY PIERCEY

A STRAY dog from Limpopo – one of the Port Elizabeth poliice K9 unit’s newest members – was put to the test yesterday after graduating top of her class in a specialist fire investigation course.

Warrant Officer Riaan Victor and his canine partner, Irish terrier Velle – who both completed the fire detection course with flying colours last month – were hard at work yesterday at Newton Park’s Cash Crusaders, which was gutted by an early-morning blaze. The cause is still being investigated.

Victor and Velle are the only police members in the city to have graduated from the gruelling six-month Accelerant Detection Dog course.

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