Tribute has poured in to an ‘unusual’ police dog whose ability to find drugs became so famous that he starred in a TV series and made it ‘impossible’ for criminals to hide their drugs.
Mij, an English jumper spaniel, spent nine years with Nottinghamshire Police and is believed to have sniffed drugs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds during his time with the force.
The legendary sniffer dog became so infamous among criminals that a drug dealer filed himself after being withdrawn by the police because he recognized Mij from a TV series.
Unfortunately, the former police dog died on Tuesday, October 5, at the age of 17 and a half years.
The legendary police dog Mij with his handler PC Stu Hazard during their time together in Nottinghamshire Police. Over the course of his career, the spaniel sniffed out hundreds of thousands of pounds of drugs, took up arms and ammunition on the streets and even helped police the London Olympics in 2012.
Leading tribute to the much-loved spaniel who joined the police as a puppy, his former leader PC Stu Hazard described him as an ‘absolutely amazing’ dog.
He said: ‘Like many spaniel, Mij was absolutely mad. He really wasn’t the most obedient dog at all – but he was absolutely amazing about what he was trained for, which was sniffing drugs, cash, firearms and ammunition.
‘During the years we spent together, he probably sniffed hundreds of thousands of pounds for drugs – in cars, in houses and even in dark fields.
‘He was as good as a sniffer dog that it was virtually impossible to hide anything from him.
‘People would try to hide drugs everywhere – in car door panels, inside gearbox housings, in sockets and under floorboards, but Mij would find them every single time.’
Mij sadly died at the age of 17 and a half, nine of whom spent time tackling criminals with Nottinghamshire Police after joining the force as puppies
Mij’s work appeared in several television documentaries, and on one occasion his fame alone helped him snare a drug dealer in Nottingham.
PC Hazard added: ‘This car had been towed across Wollaton Street and officers were holding four boys inside when Mij and I arrived at the scene.
‘I remember the driver watching as both, shaking his head and saying he had seen us on TV.
‘He knew instantly that he was in trouble, so when I asked him if he had drugs in the car, he just came out with it and showed us a bag of cocaine hidden in the footwell.
‘He knew he had nowhere to go and just came out with it. I remember thinking it was a real compliment to Mij. ‘
On another occasion, the spaniel sniffed two live rounds of ammunition under a paving slab and uncovered a gun that had been used in an armed robbery and buried in a garden.
Towards the end of his police career, Mij was tasked with searching for bags of drugs and weapons during the 2012 London Olympics.
PC Hazard said, ‘I would really go so far as to say that if there was anything at all for Mij to find, he would find it.’
‘I used to see Mij regularly until the end of his life. He really was a special dog and I was very sad to hear about his death.
‘But I also felt a huge pride in things we had done together.’