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Dog sniffs out newts for water company

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A dog has been trained up and employed by a utility company to sniff out newts.

Springer spaniel named Freya has been taught to lie down when it detects a great crested newt for Wessex Water.

Under UK and European legislation, it is an offence to damage or destroy the newts environment without a licence.

Ecologist Nikki Glover, said the Wessex Water region is a "stronghold for great crested newts" and the dog will be a "massive benefit" to the company.

The three-year-old spaniel has been taught to sniff-out the nocturnal amphibians over the past year.


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