Police dog Ghost avoids venomous snake

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Adam PoulsenGeraldton Guardian

The canine handler at Geraldton Police Station received a shock yesterday when he found a venomous western brown snake in police dog Ghost’s kennel while carrying out routine maintenance.

Snr Const. Matt Cameron was in the process of lifting a removable wooden floor at the back of the kennel when he spotted the snake curled up against the wall at about 5pm.

Act. Snr Sgt Stuart Gerreyn, who was with Snr Const. Cameron at the time, said it was a close call.

“The snake was right near where he had just grabbed the floor with his hand,” he said.

He said the result could have been disastrous if the snake had gone unnoticed.

“If he had put Ghost in there and Ghost had been bitten, then it would have been highly likely he would have died.”

Act. Snr Sgt Gerreyn said Ghost was a much loved member of the team and staff would have been devastated if he had been harmed.

He said police were unsure what breed the snake was until a reptile handler called out to relocate it identified it.

“No one was too keen to get too close to it, and once we found out what breed of snake it was everyone was pretty glad they didn’t.”

Act. Snr Sgt Gerreyn said the snake was about two feet long.

He said the incident was the topic of much speculation at Geraldton Police Station yesterday.

“One of the topics of conversation was how it managed to get that far into the station,” he said.

“For all we know it could have been sitting there for a while with all the renovations.

“They’ve been finished for a while, but there’s lots of dark little cool corners it could have hidden in throughout that process.”

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