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Meet the cat detective
31st March 2017

By Sandra Pearce



A rescue dog who was rejected by families for being too boisterous has become the first dog to be trained to sniff out lost cats.

Molly has been trained by Medical Detection Dogs, the charity developing tests to detect cancer by using the smelling power of dogs, and was a visitor on its stand at Crufts.

Molly’s new owner is Guildford-based pet detective Colin Butcher, who has been tracking lost and stolen pets for a decade and receives at least 15 calls a week from cat owners.
 
Dr Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection Dogs, said: “Molly was a rescue dog, on her third home due to her strong working disposition making her an unsuitable family pet. We could see she was very intelligent and following several months’ scent discrimination training she can now use her nose to detect a specific individual cat.”

Molly has proved to be 95% reliable in trials.