Hero police dog who was first on scene of Manchester terror attack 'losing fur due to post-traumatic stress'

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A hero police dog who was among the first on the scene of the Manchester Arena terror attack has been left mentally scarred by the atrocity.

Mojo, who searched the arena for 11 hours after the bombing, began losing his fur due to stress-related alopecia shortly afterwards and has still not fully recovered, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

The dog was tasked with searching for potential secondary explosive devices after the attack, which left 22 innocent people dead, including children.

PC Phil Healy, 46, said he and Mojo have visited the arena several times since the attack. The loyal dog patrolled the arena for its reopening on Saturday, despite having not recovered from the trauma.

He said: “On the night of the arena attack, it was such a long, long day – Mojo did 11 hours of searching there.

Police with survivors close to the Manchester Arena after the May 22 terror attack. (PA)

“About a week afterwards, he developed stress-related alopecia. His hair started falling out and we are sure it was brought on by that night.

“Fortunately, it’s starting to grow back now. There are still some patches but hopefully he will be back to his fluffy pom-pom self again soon.

“After the incident, we gave him a lot of down time, increased his food intake and gave him special energy pouches of food when he needed to get back to work.”

The BTP officer movingly told of how taking the seven-year-old police dog back to arena for the We Are Manchester concert appeared to bring back horrific memories for Mojo.

Tributes: Peter Kay told crowds ‘we cannot let terrorists win’ at the reopening of the Manchester Arena (Getty)

Families of those killed in the bombing joined thousands of people at the Manchester Arena as it reopened for the first time on Saturday.

He added: “The dogs pick up on how we feel.

“Regardless of how much training you do, you are never equipped to walk into what we walked into that night. You could see it in his face; he didn’t want to be there. Nobody did, but we had a job to do.

“We had been back to the arena a few times before Saturday’s reopening. Mojo was quite happy to get on with things; we’ve got a job to do, so we get on with it. We will not be beaten.”


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