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Republic Day special : Indian Army Dogs

A total of 36 dogs have been selected to march down the Rajpath.
The principle of the Dog Squad and the members of the Corps is “Pashu Seva Asmakam Dharm”, which means ‘serving animals is my destiny’.

The sacrifice of Mansi, a four-year-old Labrador, and her master Bashir Ahmed War at the hands of heavily-armed infiltrators at Tangdhar district in Kashmir last August, has brought a new pride for their kinds in the service of our nation.
An army dog carries flowers as a soldier marches during the pre-celebrations of Vijay Diwas in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata December 12, 2008. Vijay Diwas is a ceremony to celebrate the liberation of Bangladesh by the Indian Armed forces on December 16 in 1971. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal (INDIA) - RTR22ITS                                                      (Image Source : rediff.com)

Here are few quick points about these silent heroes

  • Total count: 1,200 Labradors, Belgian Shepherds and German Shepherds, three of the most athletic breeds of dogs.
  • Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) Centre and College serves as their training campus. They are trained along with their masters for a better connection between two.
  • Till date, the dogs and their trainers have received one Shourya Chakra, six Sena Medals, 142 COAS Commendation Cards, six VCOAS Commendation Cards and 448 GOC-in-C Commendation Cards.
  • The Army Dog Squad is part of the Indian Territorial Army. They are primarily used to detect bombs, mines and hidden places.
  • A few days back, the only way to retire for them was death. Old and unfit dogs were shot to death.But now Supreme Court after hearing a PIL signed by several NGO’s banned this practice and a new way for their rehabilitation is being sought out