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Lifeline ahead for retired army dogs

Narendra Modi pats a dog
at the Siachen base camp on 
Diwali in October

New Delhi, July 8 (PTI): The Centre will "soon" come out with a policy to stop the euthanasia of service dogs by the army after their retirement, the government told Delhi High Court today.

Additional solicitor-general Sanjay Jain informed the court that the policy by the defence ministry would also "detail the arrangements" for the dogs after they retire or are found unfit or inactive.

The bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath was hearing a PIL by advocate Sanjay Kumar Singh, who alleged that the "act of the Indian Army in killing their service stocks once their service years are over is so unreasonable..."

The PIL sought a direction to the ministry and the army that service dogs are not killed except "when advised so as the last recourse".

The court, which listed the matter for consideration on September 9, observed that "the respondents were admitting that the current practice of putting army service dogs to sleep was against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960".

The army uses Labradors, German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherds, depending on altitudes and weather, besides the nature of the assignment that range from routine patrol to explosives detection.


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