In her heydays, 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, 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. The only female Doberman in the head unit of the city’s dog squad in north Delhi which has 14 more dogs, the veteran canine has 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 prime physical shape due to her age,” said Constable Vidyasagar, Anu’s handler. He added that an NGO would be adopting her after her retirement.