A PRISON dog trained to attack on command was found this week – doing a spot of morning shopping.
Jette, a pure-bred German Shepherd, was taken from the rear of a house in the Barnfield area of Accrington overnight a week last Sunday, sparking a major police hunt.
Her trainer had feared eight-year-old former Greater Manchester Police dog Jette could have been stolen for illegal dog fighting or proven dangerous in the wrong hands, especially to children.
But hours after an appeal was published in last week’s Observer, the handler, who wished not to be named, received a call telling him Jette had been found – in the Home and Bargain store on Eastgate, about half-a-mile from her home.
After Jette’s return, her trainer said: "I’m over the moon that she’s back.
"The police rang me last Friday evening saying she was recovered from a house in Church.
"She seems in decent condition. The owners seem to have looked after her very well and I’ve got no complaints whatsoever.
"She couldn’t stop crying because she hadn’t seen me for so long and she’s attached to me by smell.
"Even when she goes 20 yards in front of me she will look back to see if I’m there."
He added she was slowly getting back into her normal routine and would hopefully be returning to work soon.