Explosive Detection Dog retires from ITFC service
Explosive Detection Dog Zero is hanging up his boots as he approaches his 11th birthday.
Zero, who would have worked his last game at Portman Road on Sunday, 3 May in normal circumstances, has worked for the Club on matchdays for three years.
In his few years with ITFC he has accumulated quite a following, not only from staff and stewards but also amongst the fans, many of which look out for him to say hello before cheering on the Town.
His matchday schedule involves patrolling the perimeter of Portman Road, checking vehicles and also checking unattended bags or items in or around the stadium.
He also searches supporters and their bags for pyrotechnics, which he can identify as they are produced using the same or similar chemicals that can be found in an IED.
Zero's owner Sarah, who adopted him as a one-year-old, had this to say about her matchday partner: "He was an unwanted pet advertised on the internet but I knew he was the right partner, so I took him on and trained him.
"He started out his career in 2011 and in in 2012 he was at the Olympic Park, long before it was hosting the Games. At the Club he has supported the search teams before during and after the match.
"Zero might be a ’scruffy' cross breed but he has proved himself a top-rate search dog over and over."
Everyone at ITFC would like to thank Zero for his service and wish him a happy retirement.