26/11 sniffer dog passes away at Virar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2016 08:42 IST

Sniffer dog Sultan, 11, who helped detect explosives during the 26/11 terror attacks, has died in Maharashtra’s Virar. Sultan was one of the four dogs who helped during the attacks.

Sultan was staying at a private farm owned by Fizzah Shah, who owns an NGO for animal rights.

He was buried wrapped in the tricolour at Shah’s farm in a quiet funeral. No one from the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) or the Mumbai police attended the funeral.

“He was ailing for the past 12 days and we sought treatment for him. In his final days, he was less playful. He finally gave up on Saturday around 4pm,” said Shah.

A labrador, Sultan was sent to Shah’s farm after retirement with his three other companions Max, Caesar and Tiger in May 2015. Max died in April this year.

Sultan was playful like Caesar and Tiger and would run around at the farm when he was healthy, Shah said. But because of his old age, he became tired and his kidneys also failed recently, Shah said.

“They work hard, day and night. Such a work-schedule takes a toll on their health,” she said.

Shah said Sultan’s handler Sujit Ghorpade is a dog trainer with the Mumbai police force.

Last year, another sniffer dog, Goldie, also died owing to ailments and old age at the farm. Goldie would help officials maintain security at airports and was suffering from cancer. A few months after retirement, she passed away.

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