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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) police 18 sniffer dogs have expired within the last four years due to negligence. Each of these trained dogs cost approximately Rs.500,000.
In 2014, a Canine Unit was established in the KP police department to help police detect terror threats. Presently, sixty-seven dogs are a part of the K9 unit and almost 52 such dogs were imported.
According to reports, however, 18 such trained dogs expired due to untrained handlers and lack of care. Official representatives denied such claims stating that they died due to diseases.
Around Rs.25.5 million were invested in purchasing these dogs and their care-taking budget rests at Rs.17 million in four years.
The people assigned to cater for the wellbeing of these dogs lacked proper training. The sniffer dogs are meant to only work for one or two hours a day, overtasking can subdue their detective skills, officials said.
Sniffer dogs are specifically put in action in order to detect explosives, drugs, and other illegal objects. They also play a crucial part in rescue missions after any disaster.