A Labrador Retriever, who served as a detection dog with the Mumbai police and had sniffed out four live bombs and 17 hand grenades during the 26/11 terror attacks, died on Friday after prolonged illness.
Ten-year-old Prince, who served the Mumbai police force for 10 long years in the bomb detection and disposal squad, died on Friday afternoon while undergoing treatment at Sakarbai Hospital for Animals in central Mumbai's Parel area, police said.
He was laid to rest with full state honors at Parel.
The black Labrador had been suffering from heart and kidney ailments since the past few weeks, said deputy commissioner of police Dhananjay Kulkarni said.
"Prince had saved several lives by sniffing out four unexploded bombs and 17 hand grenades at iconic Taj Mahal hotel, Oberoi hotel, Mumbai CST railway station and Chabad house, all targeted during the 2008 terror attacks," he said.
The explosives were later defused.
Prince was one of the four sniffer dogs that were put into service during the November 26, 2008 terror strikes, said Kishore Navar, a BDDS Constable who handled the explosive detection four-leg animal.
The dog had also helped in gathering clinching evidence from the sites of the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, police said.