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Chihuahua passes police dog exam

A 3-kilogram long-haired Chihuahua passed an examination to become a police dog in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, the police said.

world Updated: Nov 20, 2010 12:42 IST

A 3-kilogram long-haired Chihuahua passed an examination to become a police dog in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, the police said.

The 7-year-old female, Momo, will be brought out for search and rescue operations in earthquake and other disasters, particularly in tight areas, as well as for crime prevention events from January 2011, according to the Nara prefectural police.

Momo, kept by Keiko Matsuyoshi, an office worker in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, cleared a search and rescue test last week when she found someone in five minutes after sniffing that person's cap.

Of the 70 dogs that underwent the latest police dog qualification tests by the Nara police, 32 dogs passed.