PEMBROKESHIRE, Wales — An organization called B.W.Y Canine has developed a program to give abandoned dogs a second chance and an opportunity to truly make a difference. Stuart Phillips, who was a former dog handler for the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency in the U.K., started the training program in order to turn the dogs he rescued into sniffing dogs to locate illegal product.
Phillips currently owns eight dogs, which he has trained himself and they all work in conjunction with Trading Standards in Wales and England to track and seize illegal substances. Their main focus happens to be illegal tobacco that comes in from China and Russia and has created a widespread problem in the U.K that is seldom spoken about. To date, the dogs have seized millions of pounds worth of product across England and Wales.
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Phillips acquires the dogs from shelters in Wales and then puts them through his training program. Different dogs are trained in different areas, from explosives detection to firearm detection and drug detection to hospital searches, maritime searches and oil and offshore searches.
The dogs that he has rescued so far are all Spaniels and they work in more than 60 Wards in both Wales and England to help authorities locate the illegal tobacco. Phillips hopes to expand his team of sniffing dogs as the demand for them has greatly increased. Phillips reveals that the dogs are truly special and he can’t fathom to think why their previous owners would abandon them in the first place.