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Thai police recruit pet dogs to bolster thin ranks of bomb-sniffing canine squad

Thai police recruit pet dogs to bolster thin ranks of bomb-sniffing canine squad

In the wake of unprecedented New Year's Eve bombings in the Thai capital, police are recruiting pet dogs to bolster the thin ranks of its professional canine squads. And the response from pet owners has been good.
"These dogs will help the police dog unit, which is now short-handed," said police Col. Khing Khwaengwisetchaicharn.
Police say they became aware of the need for more canine recruits after eight small bombs exploded in and around Bangkok at year's end, killing three people and injuring another 40. Police dogs are being used in the ongoing investigation and in sniffing out possible bombs in Bangkok.
Khing said so far the owners of 133 German shepherds and Labradors have stepped forward to offer their pets for a two-day basic training program.
"We teach them to sit, crawl, wait and respond to the call of the owner," Khing said.
This first batch of recruits will return March 10, with the best candidates selected to undergo more intensive training and eventually take a test before qualifying for the job of detecting bombs and narcotics.


Updated : 2020-12-02 12:43 GMT+08:00