Dogs – Man’s best friend! It’s fair to say that they have certainly earned the title. The bond between humans and dogs is unmistakable. You may have seen beautiful videos of dogs over the Internet playing with their owners and small babies. They’ve helped us in so many ways and expect little in return. They have hunted with us, kept vermin and pests away, served the military and police, assisted the disabled, and faithfully remained our loyal companions. Aint they? Yes, Of course! But what if one day you will have to kill your four-legged best friend? shocked? For your information, Army does that.
What happens to Army dogs?
Once they are not fit to carry out their difficult duty? They are euthanized (Put to Death Humanly or Mercy Killing). In India, our Army dogs euthanized after their retirement. The euthanasia of military dogs has been going on since the time when India was under British rule, but the regulation has not been revised over time.
What type of dog breeds are hired by the Army?
In its general dog recruitment, Army usually hires Labradors, German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherds. Hiring depends on the altitude and weather, besides the nature of assignment which may include routine patrol to explosives detection.
So, Why they killed by the Army post retirement?
They were killed for two main reasons –
- First, the fear that these highly-trained dogs who are familiar with Army base locations will land in the wrong hands.
- Second, the facilities – animal welfare organizations won’t be able to provide them with the kinds of facilities the Indian Army provides.
They undergo high-level training during their employment in the Army. They are trained in commands that require them to hold their barks in situations of battle, in case they reveal their position to the enemy. They are coached to respond to military-specific hand gestures and verbal orders by their trainers. They are taught to sniff out bombs and round off criminals. They are dressed by the Army in a protective military gear, these dogs of war play equal companions to soldiers.
However, now the government is taking certain measures to stop these mercy killings of Army dogs. If people are ready to adopt the retired army dogs then the Army and Central Government should change that policy. Hope for the best!!
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