A disabled police dog injured in the line of duty has found a new home. 

Police Dog Baloo and her handler PC Ross Ashcroft were deployed to a car theft in October.

As a number of vehicles attempted to drive away from the scene the Belgian Malinois was hit.

Baloo was left with a broken pelvis and a badly broken leg which required emergency surgery and was later amputated.

Shortly before Christmas Essex Police launched an appeal to find the brave crime-busting hound a new home and was quickly swamped with 670 responses. 

People across the UK offered sheltered, with one dog lover in Australia even making themselves available. 

Spoilt for choice, handler PC Ashcroft chose Essex Police volunteer and retired police dog handler of 24 years Mandy and her partner Victoria to look after the dog. 

They live in a rural area with acres of private farmland for Baloo to explore with her new buddy Titch, a five-year-old Jack Russell.

They live nearby to PC Ashcrofft, who will be keeping in touch and visiting regularly.

The pair will be able to take Baloo to hydrotherapy sessions in Essex.