A FUND has been set up to support the ongoing care and medical treatment of retired Staffordshire Police dogs.
The fund will run alongside the Retired West Midlands Police Dog Benevolent Fund with regular fundraising events.
Supporters can follow the funds Facebook page 'Retired Staffordshire Police Dog Fund' to receive updates on events and see photographs of some of the dogs supported.
Joanne Waldron, a fund administrator, said: "The fund will hopefully help provide some financial relief to those caring for the dogs in their later years and will allow these hard working dogs to enjoy a long and happy retirement.
"Having been personally involved in caring for a retired police dog I know there can often be unexpected vets bills for illnesses and injuries incurred throughout their working lives.
"The first event was really successful and over £500 was raised. We had a fun boat race at Shugborough outdoor centre on Sunday, October 6 and received some great support from local companies.
"A team of three dog handlers, PC Karen Bloor, PC Darren Aird and PC Rich Birkin, took part in the race against Donnachie and Townley vets of Rugeley.
Unfortunately the dog handlers lost and got a soaking when they capsized twice.
"We would like to thank Shugborough outdoor centre for the use of their equipment and facilities, Police Mutual Assurance Society, Bayer Animal Health, Norbrook Animal Health for their sponsorship and finally the staff and clients of Donnachie and Townley vets for their good spirited contribution."
The second fundraising event took place at the weekend at Rugeley pet show.
Inspector Chris Dawson, of Staffordshire Police's Dog Support Unit, said: "This charity is really worthwhile and will be of huge benefit to our retired dogs and those who care for them.
"The dogs give so much to the public throughout their working lives so it will be nice for their supporters to be able to assist with their care in retirement."