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TOP DOG: Hertfordshire Police volunteer pooch Hugo named Best Boy at Crufts

 Published on: 16th March 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A dog that volunteers for a Hertfordshire Police wellbeing support program has been named as a Crufts winner, being crowned Best Boy.

Two-year-old Hugo, whose competition name is Watercroft Mark One, competed in the prestigious dog show on Saturday, March 11, claiming Best Boy in the Norfolk Terrier Post Graduate Dog Class.

The newly-crowned hound volunteers through the constabulary’s RAPPAW scheme, which sees trained dog owners and their pets supporting vulnerable victims and witnesses through what can be a difficult and distressing time. They also work to provide wellbeing support to officers and staff within the police.

RAPPAW volunteer PC Jo Healey, who owns Hugo with retired police officer Dee Rayner, said: “Since starting his RAPPAW work 14 months ago, Hugo has been a hit with everyone he meets. This was his first time competing at Crufts so we’re so proud to walk away with the Best Boy title, which is so fitting for him.

“After the formalities of the competition were over, he was straight back to enjoying cuddles with everyone he met at the show before heading home for a well-earned rest.”

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