Recently, a Labrador dog retired from Haryana Police service. Soon, it got adopted by a resident residing in Mohali, Phase 7.
After spending more than a decade in the police force, Nancy, a Labrador, who turns 11 on Sunday, was declared unfit for police duty in December 2017. Nancy’s career was cut short due to uterus infection. It spread to her hind legs, which had to be amputated.
Police dog adoption
Reshamjit Kaur, a Mohali resident, who runs an NGO, Protection and Care for Animals (PACFA), had applied for the adoption of service dogs over a year ago. Last week, she received a call from the State Crime Bureau in Madhuban, Haryana, informing that her application has been accepted.
“Police dogs have spent their lives serving the country. I did not want them to be abandoned in kennels or sold in auctions upon retirement. I read online about the adoption process and was inspired by a woman who had adopted four bomb squad dogs, that had saved many lives during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008,” said Reshamjeet, who runs an animal shelter in Kandala village.
In November 2017, she had adopted another Labrador, Gulam, a gold medalist, who had retired from the Panchkula police.
ASI Ramesh Kumar Sharma, in-charge of the Sadar police station, Gurugram, said, “We had purchased Nancy for Rs 11,500 when she was a 3-month-old. She was sent for training to the BSF academy in Tekanpur, Gwalior, for 36 weeks, following which she was posted in Gurugram and Manesar. She helped in solving numerous crimes. In 2017, she helped locate a nine-month-old toddler, who was kidnapped from his house in Manesar, by sniffing the cot where the child had been sleeping.”
Though Nancy did not win a medal at the annual All-India Police Meet, she served the force with distinction, he said.
“Unlike dogs in the armed forces, there is no set retirement age for a police dog. They can serve as long as they are medically fit,” he said.
Reference: The Tribune
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