Furry heroes: Colombia honours 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement ceremony

Published: 22nd September 2018 11:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2018 12:49 PM  

Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia's capital as the furry heroes wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. (Photo | AP)
Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia's capital as the furry heroes wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. (Photo | AP)
Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special scented baths before they were retired during the event in an auditorium at the Chief Prosecutor's Office. (Photo | AP)
Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special scented baths before they were retired during the event in an auditorium at the Chief Prosecutor's Office. (Photo | AP)
Officials plan to put the dogs up for adoption, placing them with families that will help them live out their retirement years in peace. Some dogs could also be taken in by their former handlers. (Photo | AP)
Officials plan to put the dogs up for adoption, placing them with families that will help them live out their retirement years in peace. Some dogs could also be taken in by their former handlers. (Photo | AP)
Police dogs in Colombia often participate in dangerous missions, sniffing out landmines for officers who eradicate coca fields, or rescuing bodies in combat zones. (Photo | AP)
Police dogs in Colombia often participate in dangerous missions, sniffing out landmines for officers who eradicate coca fields, or rescuing bodies in combat zones. (Photo | AP)
Hundreds of dogs serve with Colombia's police and military. A canine school run by the police near Bogota also provides training for dogs and handlers from other Latin American countries. (Photo | AP)
Hundreds of dogs serve with Colombia's police and military. A canine school run by the police near Bogota also provides training for dogs and handlers from other Latin American countries. (Photo | AP)
The dogs in service are usually retired when they reach eight or nine years old. (Photo | AP)
The dogs in service are usually retired when they reach eight or nine years old. (Photo | AP)
During the retirement ceremony for 14 sniffer dogs in Bogota, led by handler Pedro Camargo, sniffer dog Yaco was awarded a certificate and gold medal by Colombia’s Deputy Attorney General Maria Paulina Riveros for his years of service. (Photo | AP)
During the retirement ceremony for 14 sniffer dogs in Bogota, led by handler Pedro Camargo, sniffer dog Yaco was awarded a certificate and gold medal by Colombia’s Deputy Attorney General Maria Paulina Riveros for his years of service. (Photo | AP)
Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp