Make a hound’s day 

Make a hound’s day 

Smithton Police’s latest recruit Constable Mark Hickey and his offsider rescue dog Diesel are on a mission. 

For Diesel, the basset hound cross springer spaniel’s instinct is to follow his nose and with a whole new area to search in Circular Head, he has been busy exploring. By his side is Constable Hickey who transferred to the Smithton station two months ago.

The inquisitive pup knows by keeping his nose to the ground, a treat or a toy to chew is often not far away. But for some pooches, treats and toys are a luxury. 

As the festive season approaches, Smithton Police Station will once again be a drop-off point for donations to the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania. 

Based in Burnie, Devonport and Hobart, the not-for-profit organisation cares for homeless and unwanted dogs who are desexed, vaccinated and microchipped before put up for adoption. 

Donations of polar fleece blankets, leads and collars, hard toys (not stuffed) and canned food and treats as well as cash will assist the organisation this Christmas.

Constable Hickey urged community members to think of the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania this Christmas. 

Not only did Constable Hickey discover his beloved Diesel at the Dogs’ Home in Hobart last year but when circumstances prevented him from caring for his beagle, also named Diesel, he had to surrender the pooch to find a new home. 

So when he was ready for a new dog and he met three-year-old Diesel at the Dogs’ Home, it was meant to be. 

“Any support anyone can give, is giving a dog a second chance.” 

Donations needn’t be new, with second-hand toys and bedding in good condition accepted. 

For more information contact Smithton Police on 131 444 or to drop off your donation before Christmas, visit Smithton Police Station, 22 Smith Street, Smithton. The station is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm, if unattended ring the buzzer. Emmerton Park is also a drop off point. 

Smithton Police Constable Mark Hickey and Dogs’ Home of Tasmania rescue Diesel are on a mission to support the not-for-profit organisation this Christmas.