- Title: Bones and barking, naps and walks for Ecuador's retiring police dogs
- Date: 6th July 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF DOG WITH BLUE AND BROWN EYES POSING FOR PHOTO WITH NEW FAMILY ROTTWEILER NAMED TYRON GIVING HIS PAW TO HIS TRAINER TYRON SITTING ON HIND LEGS AS NEW FAMILY LOOKS ON (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POLICE OFFICER, LUIS MONAR, SAYING: "As you understand, I feel bad because I could not take him with me that is what anyone would want. He has spent a lot of time with me, he is more than a pet. One has pets in the house. Imagine the pain when one of them is lost. He was my working companion. I am hurting because I could not take him for personal reasons of my house. But I am happy because he is going with good people. I know them. I have tried them for all this time. I have taken him [the dog] personally through the adoption process. I am happy for the quality of the people who will take him. And more than anything, I will be in contact with them very often as I told them - to give me the chance of continuing to visit, to keep seeing him." POLICE OFFICER, LUIS MONAR, HUGGING TYRON MONAR, TYRON AND TYRON'S NEW FAMILY POSING FOR A PHOTO (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) TYRON'S NEW OWNER, CRISTOPHER SILVA, SAYING: "We have not slept [from the excitement] of having him in our home. The excitement dropped [when they said] that they are going to look at the best options. It was a little hard. But in the end, they called us and we are here and happy." TYRON'S NEW OWNER WALKING HIM VARIOUS OF MONAR HELPING TYRON INTO TAXI TYRON IN TAXI WITH NEW FAMILY RETIRED COUPLE WELCOMING ANOTHER RETIRED POLICE DOG INTO THEIR CAR DOG LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW CAR LEAVING
- Embargoed: 20th July 2017 13:01
- Keywords: police dogs retirement ceremony
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0076OFYR0J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Sixteen faithful members of Ecuador's police force hung up their uniforms on Tuesday (July 4) and set out for retirement - a life likely to include relaxing walks, long naps, bones and barking.
They are the dogs of the department's K-9 unit who have reached the retirement age of eight years old and are leaving behind lives of drug searches, search and rescue, crowd control and public relations.
The dogs sat quietly with their handlers in a solemn ceremony as the officers prayed for them and remembered the ones killed in service.
After the ceremony, the officers walked their dogs along the red carpet to their newly adopted families.
Officer Luis Monar said surrendering his canine partner Tyron was sad, but he was happy to see him going to a good family and planned on keeping in touch.
Several of the dogs were adopted by families with farms outside of Quito.
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