Irish Prisoners Take Out Contract on Drug Sniffer Dogs Life
Hiding from the Hitman - Irish Prisoners Take Out Contract on Drug Sniffer Dog Rocky's Life
Prisoners have put out a contract on Rocky the drug sniffer dog's life because of his success in stamping out drug smuggling inside a prison.
The black and white spaniel has scored a remarkable record of 10 busts a day in his first fortnight on the job at Limerick Prison.
Prisoners inside the top Irish jail have been suffering cold turkey since Rocky's sniffing abilities cut off their drugs supply.
Some of Limerick city's most notorious criminals in the jail's D wing staged a riot and smashed all their TVs in protest at the new recruit.
The canine cop is averaging 10 busts a day in the prison visiting area. Most of the drugs recovered is cannabis.
The specially trained dog goes around the visiting area while the inmates are getting visits from relatives or friends. If he detects an illegal substance, he will sit beside the smuggler, wag his tail and stare up at the person.
That's the signal for prison staff to pounce and search the person.
Rocky has proved such a success as prison detective that criminals inside the jail have ordered their associates in Limerick's crime gangs to have the dog killed.
They have tried to take pictures of Rocky on their mobile phones and send it to gangs outside the jail so that contracted hitmen will recognise the drug buster dog.
Because of this Rocky's whereabouts when off duty are kept a closely guarded secret.
It is believed the dog is owned by a private security company and is contracted to the prison service.
"He is a lovely dog and is rewarded for each hit or bust he makes. He's the best-ever recruit the prison has had in fighting drugs," a prison source told the Irish Examiner newspaper.
As a result of Rocky's work, prison visits in Limerick are down by more than 30pc. Visitor numbers are expected to return to normal soon but with fewer attempts to smuggle in drugs.
Rocky is one of three specially trained dogs specially being used in a pilot scheme to tighten up security in Irish prisons. The availability of drugs inside the country's prisons is a major concern.