- Title: Police dogs receive blessing from Manila church
- Date: 2nd October 2016
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (OCTOBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) CHURCH EXTERIOR/ POLICE AND MASCOT STANDING IN ATTENTION WITH DOGS DOG PRIEST ARNELL RECINTO READING THE BIBLE TO POLICE AND DOGS RECINTO SAYING READING BIBLE VARIOUS OF DOGS VARIOUS OF RECINTO SPRINKLING HOLY WATER ON POLICE AND DOGS (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIEST ARNELL RECINTO SAYING: "So I blessed them because I believe these dogs are also the creations of God who help us and accompany us in our journey in this life so these dogs are for peace, these dogs are for friendship and love. So I'm here to bless them as a gesture of gratitude for the services that they have given to us." POLICE STANDING IN ATTENTION WITH DOGS WHITE LABRADOR GERMAN SHEPHERD AND WHITE LABRADOR WEARING SHADES AND BATMAN COSTUME RECINTO MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS TO POLICE AND DOGS (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) POLICE COMMANDO, ROGELIO DACULAN, SAYING: "We had our dogs blessed, the K-9s and the handlers as well because at least, we all know that our job entails a lot of risk, especially during bomb threats. K-9s deal with a lot of risk." POLICE MASCOT PLACING RECINTO'S HAND ON FOREHEAD
- Embargoed: 17th October 2016 11:36
- Keywords: police dogs church blessings Manila
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Human Interest/Brights/Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA00152B92KL
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Philippine police dogs received a blessing from a church in Manila Sunday (October 2) to protect them from dangers while on duty.
Called by event organizers as "superhero dogs", a dozen Labradors and German shepherds from Manila's bomb and rescue squads were read Bible scriptures and sprinkled with holy water ahead of World Animals' Day on Tuesday (October 4).
"I blessed them because I believe these dogs are also the creations of God who help us and accompany us in our journey in this life so these dogs are for peace, these dogs are for friendship and love. So I'm here to bless them as a gesture of gratitude for the services that they have given to us," said priest Arnell Recinto.
Police commando Rogelio Daculan said they brought bomb-sniffing dogs to church to boost their handlers' morale as well as to ask for "divine protection".
Daculan said dogs deployed in police operations face extreme dangers and that canines are the first to be exposed to potential explosive devices.
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