Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 7
After having made canines an integral a part of the drive, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is now establishing a retirement dwelling for its Okay-9 veterans, who’re now not match for lively obligation, the place they are often cared for.
“A case for establishing a retirement home for our dogs is under process at force headquarters and it is expected to come up at the ITBP’s National Dog Training Centre at Bhanu this year,” an ITBP officer stated.
At current, canines which are now not for use for operational or safety duties attributable to outdated age or damage are despatched to an ITBP unit the place veterinary care is obtainable and the place they’ll go the remainder of their life peacefully.
The ITBP makes use of canines for border patrolling in addition to in inner safety duties. Besides monitoring people, they’re additionally skilled to storm into rooms and automobiles, neutralise and restrain intruders and armed individuals, detect explosives and narcotics and help in search and rescue operations.
More lately, the ITBP raised a brand new unit of assault canines which were skilled to work in a pack of 4 to pin down an adversary. This implies that all 4 canines within the pack will go after a single adversary who is taken into account to be a risk.
The ITBP, which claims this to be the primary unit of its variety on the planet, plans to coach a complete of 30 such canines of the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd breeds and deploy them in extremely delicate areas.
“Such animals are placed on a rehabilitation register and given a sheltered appointment where they can also be used for training dog handlers and veterinary staff,” stated the officer.
“Our K-9s are highly valuable assets who have rendered Yeoman’s service, especially during anti-naxal and anti-terrorist operations. It becomes the responsibility of the force to care for them in the twilight of their life,” he added.
According to the ITBP sources, there are at current 30 “retired” canines on its rolls dwelling in varied items, the place they’re groomed and exercised commonly and offered vet care. These canines are entitled to 70 per cent of the ration scale of lively obligation Okay-9s.