- Title: Police dogs honoured for their anti-drug work
- Date: 16th August 2017
- Summary: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (AUGUST 15, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF THE SPECIAL FORCES AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING BUILDING VARIOUS OF POLICE DOGS VARIOUS OF POLICE DOGS WITH THEIR TRAINERS CLOSE-UP OF A DOGS FACE A DOG WITH ITS TRAINER (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DOG TRAINER, MARTIN APAZA MAMANI, SAYING: "My dog (Yoshiro) has solved really important cases in Riberalta. One was eight kilos and another of seven kilos of cocaine. Recently, on July 31, at the El Alto airport, he found controlled substances in food. Just yesterday he found more cocaine stuffed in dog food that was going to Hong Kong and Thailand." MARTIN APAZA MAMANI WITH HIS DOG, YOSHIRO (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DOG TRAINER, MARTIN APAZA MAMANI, SAYING: "He's my partner, my comrade, my buddy. We travel all over. We work from the crack of dawn until the dead of night and during the day, in the cold. I go everywhere with him." VARIOUS OF TRAINERS IN FORMATION WITH THEIR DOGS VARIOUS OF GENERAL COMMANDER OF THE POLICE, ABEL DE LA BARRA, DECORATING YOSHIRO, WHO IS FOUR-YEARS-OLD, WITH AWARD FOR HIS WORK IN FIGHTING DRUG TRAFFICKING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NATIONAL POLICE COMMANDER, COLONEL, ABEL DE LA BARRA, SAYING: "We are decorating him because he has given us good results and has taken a lot of drugs out of circulation and stopped them from reaching the people and causing harm. That's why I want to give all the dogs a round of applause." AWARD IN HOMAGE TO THE POLICE DOGS VARIOUS OF POLICE SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE DOGS AS THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY CHILDREN LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS POLICE DOGS IN TRAINING
- Embargoed: 30th August 2017 18:32
- Location: LA PAZ, BOLIVA
- City: LA PAZ, BOLIVA
- Country: Bolivia
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016UEN60Z
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- Story Text: Over a dozen of Bolivia's top police dogs were honoured on Tuesday (August 15), the Catholic feast day of San Roque, patron saint of dogs.
Fifteen of the 210 police dogs that work the country's anti-drug unit were honoured by National Police Commander Colonel Abel de la Barra for their excellent service.
One such dog, Yoshiro, was honoured with his instructor Martin Apaza Mamani for intercepting several drug shipments this year.
Bolivia trains at least 50 dogs annually at the elite Dog Training Centre for Drug Detection (CACDD). While many of the dogs serve within the coca-producing nation, others are sent to work in other Latin American countries such as Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.
It took a full year and costs about USD 3,000 to train each dog that is then in optimal condition to serve for 5 to 7 years, according to police officials.
Bolivia is the world's third largest coca producing nation, behind Colombia and Peru.
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