'Clever' dog wins praise by 'handing herself in' to police station after being lost

Rosie, a ten-year-old dog, was spooked by fireworks and ran away but managed to find her way to the nearest police station

'Clever' dog wins praise by 'handing herself in' to police station after being lost
Screenshots from CCTV footage (Facebook/ Leicestershire Police)
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LEICESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND: A Border Collie has received a lot of love and appreciation after she took police help when she was lost. The ten-year-old dog named Rosie was reportedly on a walk with her owner Steve Harper and another family dog, Laser, at Southfields Park in the town on November 3 when she was spooked by fireworks sound and ran away.

However, the dog was returned safely to her family after she went to Loughborough Police Station, where the cops duly informed her owners. Describing the eventful day, Steve’s wife Julie told BBC, “She went and stood with her dad, which she does when she is nervous, and then skedaddled [when the fireworks went off]. She pushed herself through a hedge and handed herself in to the police station. The police station is right next to the park.”

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The 61-year-old woman said that her husband was out of sorts when Rosie disappeared but her safe return left them both delighted. “I was so pleased and so happy she was safe and so proud of her that she was clever enough to find her way to the police station,” Julie added.

The police station shared a CCTV clip from the day on Facebook with the caption, “The pack at Loughborough Police Station made a new furry friend last week after a lost dog strolled into the station. We've collared the CCTV of the Border Collie, Rosie, so you can see her approaching the doors before walking in and taking a seat in the corner. Good dog!”

“Our staff fetched some water for Rosie, and made fast friends with plenty of fuss. Thankfully she was wearing a collar, so a lead was available to contact Rosie's owner, who was delighted she had been found safe and well. Rosie was being walked nearby with a second dog when she managed to wander off. What a lovely, clever dog 😊” the post added.

The dog's ingenuity soon won over a few fans on Facebook. “Oh Golly we had a Collie on a Jolly. Rosie knew where to seek help, So raced to a place where she knew she'd feel safe. A lost dog pending, Oh how I love a happy ending,” someone commented on the video. Another said, “Well done Rosie pleased she is back home 🐾🐾💙.” A third wrote, “What a beautiful and clever girly. Glad you're home Rosie! Thank you Loughborough Police 😊🐾.” “Obviously wants to be part of the K-9 unit and become a police dog. Glad she ended up safe and well at the police station 😊,” another comment read.

A person stated, “Collies do what they want, happy she wandered into well meaning hands!” “Not only is she smart, she’s polite! See how she lies down to wait her turn!” a comment noted while another added, “Clearly understands the stranger danger rule and headed for the police for help. Well done Rosie 👏 🙂.”

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