Friday, October 01, 2021

Ahmedabad: Three sniffers retire, three more inducted

Ahmedabad:: After a cute grand farewell to three four-legged sniffers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport in Ahmedabad, three new sniffer dogs, Gracy, Molly and Candy have been inducted. A short ceremony was held at the CISF Complex in Meghaninagar to felicitate the dogs by the Central Industrial Security Force Ahmedabad Zone Unit on Thursday evening.

“Gracy and Molly are labradors while Candy is a cocker spaniel. These dogs have a sharp sense of smell. Each of them are around two and a half years old and were trained at the Dog Training Centre in Ranchi,” said a CISF official.

Officials said they usually bring in different breeds of sniffer dogs. “The dogs have undergone rigorous training for six months. Their diet is prescribed by the veterinary doctor. The trio will be kept at the office of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad at SVPI airport. The dogs will be kept on stand-by and called whenever there are suspected containers or unattended baggage. These dogs are brought in to sniff for the presence of narcotic substances and explosives,” said the official.

Such bags are first checked using a metal detector and later sniffer dogs are brought in. Usually, BDDS officials also tend to get it sniffed by another breed of dog for double confirmation.

The three Labradors which had been deployed at the city airport had crossed 10 years of age. Each of them were taken in by families in Ahmedabad. Sanjay Lodhi, a Meghaninagar resident, said, “I used to cook food for CISF personnel and the dogs. I am attached to them so I decided to adopt.”

01/10/21 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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