Rescued From Street, This Kolkata Police Dog Has Outperformed Its Pedigree Peers

Asha is the first mixed-breed dog to join the 30-strong unit.

A stray pup, rescued by cops nearly 18 months ago, has become a part of the elite dog squad of Kolkata police. Asha was found bleeding and yelping outside the West Bengal Police Training Academy, Barrackpore when its rescuers decided to take her inside the facility. Notedly, Asha is the first mixed-breed dog to join the 30-strong unit.

Police officials, earlier, wanted to keep the stray as a pet but were in for a surprise when she turned out to be as good as her pedigree peers such as the German Shepherds and Labradors. She also proved that drugs and explosives are no match for her keen sense of smell. She can easily detect explosives like TNT, RDX and gelatin.

“Asha has broken a glass ceiling of sorts. She is now the only trained stray in an official dog squad. We have been able to prove that street dogs are just as intelligent as any pedigreed dog and can be used as sniffers in detecting explosives” deputy inspector general of police Dipankar Bhattacharya told The Times of India.

Asha not only passed the gruelling tests with flying colours but also outperformed her peers in jump and sprint.

“She performed better than her pedigree peers, jumping nearly six feet (two metres) high and crossing hurdles,” Sajal Mondal, the head of the academy, told news agency AFP and added she is also the fastest dog in the squad.


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