Police say goodbye to ‘fearsome and loyal’ police dogs Enzo and Nelson after both die within days of each other

  • Police dogs Enzo and Nelson had retired to live full time with their handlers 
  • The dogs had served with Derbyshire Police until they were too old to continue
  • Both dogs moved in with their respective handlers and their families 
  • Members of the public have expressed sympathy with the two dog handlers  

A police force has said goodbye to two retired police dogs who died within days of each other. 

Derbyshire Police said PD Enzo and PD Nelson were both ‘fearsome’ and ‘loyal’ dogs who provided great service.  

PD Enzo, who came from Gibraltar to live with handler Max and family, was taken seriously ill and rushed to the vets last Tuesday.

Derbyshire Police said two of its former police dogs Enzo, left, and Nelson, right have died recently. Both of the dogs had retired and were living with their respective handlers

And PD Nelson, who retired in 2012, died late last week at the end of a ‘happy life’ with handler Darren and his family.

Derbyshire police’s dog section announced Enzo’s death on Twitter, where the team received scores of heartfelt messages from followers.

The tweets said: ‘It is with great sadness and a heavy heart [that we] announce PD Enzo has passed away. He was taken seriously ill and rushed to the vets yesterday.

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‘PD Enzo came to Derbyshire Constabulary from Gibraltar and found his forever home with his handler and family. He was brave, loyal, and a best friend and partner. He loved being with his family and will be greatly missed. Truly a one off.’

The team later thanked followers for their messages and said Enzo’s family would ‘take great comfort’ from them.

Dog section officers also announced the death of a retired police dog, called Nelson, on Twitter.

The tweets said: ‘It is with a heavy heart [that we] announce retired PD Nelson has died. Nelson served with Derbyshire police from 2007 to 2012 and retired to live a happy life with his handler Darren and family.

‘If Nelson could win a prize it would be for best climbing dog. Nelson assisted Darren in apprehending many prisoners and was a fearsome presence on football duty.’ 

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