Thursday, February 23, 2017

Airport says bye to its canine copes

Mumbai: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployed at the Mumbai airport is bidding farewell this month to four highly-trained members who have rarely taken off days in their 10 years at the Bomb Disposal and Detection Solution Squad (BDDS). The retirees – Gold, Deena, Tyson and Lenovo, all Labradors – are part of the 12-member dog squad which are trained to detect explosives in baggage at the highsecurity airport.

“Some of them are very fit and active and can continue in service. But since government norms mandate that they retire when they turn 10, we have to let them go,” said a CISF official.

While Gold, a male Labrador retired on February 17, Deena, a female Labrador is retiring today. Tyson and Lenovo, both male Labradors will retire on March 1 and 2 respectively. CISF will induct four more dogs soon to maintain the strength of the dog squad.

The 12-member dog squad has four females and includes Labradors, German Shepherds and Cocker Spaniels, all brought in as sevenmonth-old pups. After induction, the dogs were assigned individual handlers, who raised the pups, trained them and have been accompanying them on duty since they turned one-and-a-half-years-old.
23/02/17 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror