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Devon and Cornwall's first police puppies named by public

Ruby and her litter at two weeks
Image caption Ruby gave birth to her puppies in June
Puppy from Devon and Cornwall Police German Shepherd Ruby
Image caption The litter consisted of four females and three males
Puppy from Devon and Cornwall Police German Shepherd Ruby
Image caption It is the first time a serving police dog had been bred for puppies by the Devon and Cornwall force
Puppy from Devon and Cornwall Police German Shepherd Ruby
Image caption The force put pictures of the puppies on its Facebook page and asked for name suggestions
Puppy from Devon and Cornwall Police German Shepherd Ruby
Image caption There were more than 165,000 entries
Puppy from Devon and Cornwall Police German Shepherd Ruby
Image caption Officers said they were surprised at the international interest in naming the puppies
Puppy from Devon and Cornwall Police German Shepherd Ruby
Image caption The puppies will not begin police dog training until they are 12 to 18-months-old
Ruby's litter
Image caption The recent hot weather meant the puppies were sometimes kept in a kitchen so its tiled floor could help keep them cool

Seven puppies bred from a serving Devon and Cornwall Police dog have all been named after a public appeal.

Ruby, a German Shepherd, gave birth to a litter of seven - four bitches and three dogs - on 3 June.

The force put pictures of the puppies on its Facebook page and asked members of the public to suggest names.

Ash, Axel, Arry, Argo, Ava, Anya and Annie will live with puppy walkers for at least a year before they begin police dog training, the force said.

It is the first time puppies have been bred from a serving Devon and Cornwall Police dog.

The puppies will begin training when they reached between 12 and 18-months-old.

It added that, because it was Ruby's first litter, it seemed appropriate to give all the puppies names that begin with "A".

There were more than 165,000 entries offering suggestions for names, including many international entries, which took officers "a little by surprise", the force said.

As well as the UK, suggestions came from France, Poland, the US, Canada, and Australia.

Officers hope Ruby will produce another litter in a year's time.

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