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Molly Is The First Dog Trained To Find And Rescue Missing Cats

A rescue dog whose future looked bleak now has a promising career finding lost cats thanks to an animal loving private detective and the charity Medical Detection Dogs.Molly works for The Pet Detectives, based near Guildford , with firm director Colin Butcher, a former Detective Inspector for Surrey Police.

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“Molly cuts the search time down from a day to half an hour.”“She’s a rescue dog, and she’s had eight months training with medical detection dogs,” he said. “At the end of her training, she broke away and specialised in finding missing cats.”

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Molly, a rescue working Cocker Spaniel, has been trained as the world’s first Cat Detection Dog by Medical Detection Dogs – the ground breaking charity that brought us Cancer Detection dogs and Medical Alert Assistance Dogs for people with life-threatening conditions, such as diabetes.


Molly’s huge sense of smell and olfactory capacity “over a million times greater than a humans” has been harnessed and now Molly reliably scent discriminates for not any cat, but the specific missing cat. As Molly has a keen working disposition, she rises to every challenge and will not give up on a search.

Molly has helped rescue 11 cats so far this year, and The Pet Detective’s search success has increased by a third.