Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tiger joins the Dog Squad

Sunday, Sep 19, 2010

TIRUCHI: Five-month old ‘Tiger' is the new addition to the Dog Squad of the Tiruchi City Police.

The female dog, belonging to the Labrador Retriever breed, has been bought as a replacement for the aged ‘Rosy', a German Shepherd, which retired last year after putting in nine-and-half years of service.

A handler from the City Police has been exclusively assigned with the task of taking care of the ‘Tiger' at the modern kennel situated inside the sprawling Armed Reserve Ground in K.K. Nagar here.

The young canine is being given basic training in obedience at the kennel and would soon be imparted specialised training for a period of six months in “smell work” to detect narcotic substances.

Little ‘Tiger' would be inducted into active police work from April next year upon completion of specialised training and would be solely utilised for detecting narcotic substances just as its predecessor ‘Rosy'.

The training would be in such way that the dog is able to sniff and detect narcotic substances hidden inside a building or concealed inside a luggage / parcel, human body, in vehicle and beneath the ground, say handlers attached to the Dog Squad.

A systematic diet schedule is being followed for ‘Tiger' which is fed with half litre milk, about 100 grams of dog food and a boiled egg in the morning.

The afternoon diet comprises 250 grams of rice, little quantity of beef and vegetables.

The menu for dinner is half litre milk, two bread slices and a boiled egg. In addition to this, the puppy is being fed with vitamin tonics.

With ‘Rosy' retired from service and ‘Tiger' yet to be formally inducted in its place, the Dog Squad of the City Police has at present the lone ‘Julie', a German Shepherd sniffer dog specialised in detecting explosive substances. Though retired from service, Rosy is still being looked after at the kennel.