This stray was living on the streets before he was adopted by a police officer — now he's overcoming stereotypes as one of the UK's first pit bull police dogs

YouTube/Caters ClipsCooper and his human partner Tim Moss.
  • Cooper is one of the first Staffordshire Bull Terriers to join the UK police force.
  • He was living on the streets until he was rescued by the RSPCA, where he remained for seven months.
  • Cooper was adopted by TIm Moss, a police constable in Staffordshire, in March 2018.
  • Since then, Cooper has helped hunt down more than $US321,000 worth of heroin and cocaine – and has been welcomed into the Moss family.

As recently as last summer, Cooper was a stray dog living on the streets of Staffordshire, England. Thankfully, he was rescued by the RSPCA, who rehabilitated and trained him for seven months, before police constable Tim Moss was able to adopt him in March 2018.

“It’s an amazing story – one day he was in the kennels, and now he’s a fully-fledged police dog,” Moss told Metro News.

Cooper bonded with Moss, his partner, and their kids for another month before joining the police force as a police dog. When he became part of the force, he was one of the first Staffordshire Bull Terriers in the UK to become a police dog, and the first in his town of Staffordshire.

Cooper and rossYouTube/Caters ClipsCooper and Moss.

Cooper took to police work quickly: trained to find drugs, cash, and firearms, he’s already uncovered more than $US321,000 of illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine. But it hasn’t been easy for Cooper – the reputation of Staffordshire pit bulls is working against him. Staffies are a pit bull breed that has historically been considered violent and dangerous.

Moss is not ignorant to this. “When I’m walking Cooper people tend to cross to the opposite side [of the street],” he said.

But that doesn’t stop Cooper from living his best life as a police dog, and with his new family. “I can say with PD Cooper he is very keen to learn and eager to please, he has a very high ball drive, and is very energetic,” said Moss. He continued, “We have an incredible bond.”

You can learn more about Cooper in the video below.

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