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Government to come out with policy to stop euthanasia of Army dogs

NEW DELHI : Army service dogs that are euthanised on retirement can now hope to get a new lease of life.The Army’s current practice of euthanasia of the service dogs will be stopped under a policy to be announced ‘soon’ by the government that will also detail arrangements for these animals upon their retirement, the Delhi High Court was told Wednesday.

The Court was informed about the government stand as it agreed to hear a PIL seeking a direction to the Indian Army not to euthanise service dogs after their retirement or when they are found unfit and inactive.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath listed for consideration on September 9 the matter relating to killing the dogs which have served national security by sniffing bombs, hunting down enemies, locating secret places and fetching evidence.

The court listed the matter after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain informed it that the Defence Ministry was formulating a policy with regard to the issues raised in the PIL.

Jain told the court that government was working on plans and ‘will soon’ come out with a policy to stop the killings and make arrangements for Army service dogs upon their retirement.

The court observed that the respondents were admitting that the current practice of putting the army service dogs to sleep was against the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

The Army generally uses Labradors, German shepherds and Belgian shepherds.

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