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Updated: May 4, 2014 10:51 IST

Lily – the new kid in the block

R. Rajaram
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One-and-half-year-old Lily trained in detecting explosives substances which was inducted into the City Police Detective Dog Squad. Photo: A. Muralitharan
The Hindu One-and-half-year-old Lily trained in detecting explosives substances which was inducted into the City Police Detective Dog Squad. Photo: A. Muralitharan

The Labrador Retriever breed has taken part in several anti-sabotage missions in the last one month

One-and-half-year old ‘Lily’ is the new entrant to the City Police Detective Dog Squad.

Having undergone six months training in detecting explosive substances, ‘Lily’ has been inducted into active service.

The female detective dog, belonging to the Labrador Retriever breed, was put into anti-sabotage missions on several occasions in the last one month after its induction. The hyper active ‘Lily’ is the replacement for ‘Julie’ which passed away after putting in nine years of service in the detective dog squad.

Upon completion of basic training at Tiruchi, ‘Lily’ was sent to the Detective Dog Training Centre of the Coimbatore City Police.

The dog was trained in detecting different types of explosive substances including safety fuse, gelatine, detonators and plastic explosives concealed in human body, vehicles, open ground and buildings, say its handlers.

‘Lily’ was put into active service to conduct anti-sabotage checks at the airport and at the sprawling ‘G’ corner ground in Ponmalai last month where Chief Minister Jayalalithaa addressed an election meeting, say police.

A strict diet schedule is being followed for ‘Lily’ as well as for four-year-old ‘Tiger’ which is trained in detecting narcotic substances.

The City Police Dog Squad has at present two canines.

The dogs are so sharp that they get ready for real time operations automatically once the belt is strapped, say the handlers.

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