In her heyday, her sharp olfactory senses helped nab many hardened criminals and curb narcotics smuggling in the city. With age and instincts failing her, the oldest female canine in the Delhi Police dog squad is being retired at the ripe age of 11.
Bought for Rs. 5,000 from a local dog breeder in 2002 when she was just seven months old, she was fondly named Anu for being the “most friendly” canine.
She will be relieved of her duties by the end of March after serving the police force for over 10 years.
“She is the only dog who can roam around freely, be it the training ground or the office. Not even the senior officers mind her. Everyone loves her,” a police officer said.
Anu is the only female Doberman in the head unit of the city’s dog squad in north Delhi’s Model Town, which has 14 more dogs — all Labradors.
The veteran canine has also assisted in the training of several other dogs before their induction. “Handlers took her help in training the new dogs as she was so experienced. But sadly she is not in her best physical shape due to her age now,” said Constable Vidyasagar, Anu’s handler. He also said that an NGO will be adopting her after her retirement.
According to many other handlers, Anu was the star of several dog shows when she was young and had won many awards for her intelligence and agility. While age has slowed her down, it has failed to affect the winner in her.
“Recently, she won a bronze medal in the All-India Police Duty Meet competition held in Haryana,” the handler added.
At present, 59 dogs of four different breeds are in the dog squad of Delhi Police’s Crime Branch located in Chanakyapuri and RK Puram, Kalyanpuri and Janakpuri, apart from the main unit in Model Town.