- Title: Bones and barking, naps and walks for Ecuador's retiring police dogs
- Date: 6th July 2017
- Summary: SMALL BLONDE POLICE DOG WEARING VEST AT RETIREMENT CEREMONY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL POLICE CENTRE FOR CANINE TRAINING, IVAN AYALA, SAYING: "We have two dogs, Cirio and Kira, who stood out in that difficult moment that happened in the country, in the April 16 earthquake. Despite their age - they were then seven years old - they went to Ground Zero and they were there saving lives and unfortunately removing bodies."
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- Keywords: police dogs retirement ceremony
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0036OFYR0J
- 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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