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Every police dog has his day: Petition to UN to honour working animals
02 May 2018 @ 19:06

AN ANIMAL charity in Spain has approached the United Nations to request an International Police Dogs' Day in recognition of the invaluable work these brave four-legged 'officers' carry out and the constant risks and stress they face.

Héroes de 4 Patas ('Heroes on four legs'), which takes in retired or injured service dogs who can no longer work and finds them new forever homes, says these faithful creatures risk their lives every day helping to rescue people from hazardous situations, tracing explosives and toxic chemicals, searching for missing persons and assisting in terrorism and other violent crime operations.

Not only do Spain's police forces use them, but so do the fire brigade, the Armed Forces, the Civil Protection squad, various rescue teams and private companies, for security.

With their own International Day, 'society can reflect on their vital work at least once a year', says Héroes de 4 Patas.

The charity has recently organised a series of 'animal fairs', involving workshops and talks on pet care, adoption, police dog demonstrations and food and merchandise on sale for domestic animals, all in an attempt to raise awareness, affection and care standards of furry companions.



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