PNP invites public to support K-9 program Print
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 14:35

The Police Regional Office- 9 (PRO-9) is inviting the public to support its  “Adopt a Dog Program”,  a project aimed towards providing operational support through canine augmentation to K-9 units of the Police Regional Office-9 and Explosives and Ordnance unit.

The project involves allowing pet owners whose dogs pass qualifications  to allow their dogs to be trained in the field of detection capabilities.

Sr. Supt. Faro Antonio O. Olaguera, Regional Chief Directorial Staff of PRO9, said that through this, the public will be willing partners of authorities in detecting and preventing threats to security in their areas.

The police official said that the general welfare of the animal is still under the owner’s responsibility.

The trainer has no administrative, civil, or criminal liability in case the dog dies or any untoward incident  transpires even if the trainer is at fault.

To enter the program, the dog, preferably female,  should have no physical deformities and should not be more than two (2) years old and less than eight (8) months old.

Before being accepted, the dog is also medically assessed before training and must be fit and healthy and had undergone a complete set of vaccination procedures.

The animal will be assessed on its ability to do the training required although some breeds such as Labradors, Kelpies, Belgian Malinois, Beagles or German Shepherds are much more suited when it comes to detection work.

Not all dog owners, however, are qualified to enter the program.

The dog owner shall not be a high-ranking police or military official or personnel nor be a member of government.

Meanwhile, the responsibilities of dog owners are as follows:  He or she is responsible for the general welfare of the dog, he should handle the dog’s transport to and from the designated training venue, and provide for logistical and financial requirements of the program.

The dog trainer, meanwhile, will only train the animal for the appropriate detection training and will have no administrative, civil or criminal liability for the death, injury or any untoward incident that the animal may be involved in.

The dog and the handler will be subjected to evaluation after the training’s completion.

The program will be terminated upon recommendation of the trainer for valid cause, withdrawal of animal by the dog owner upon written request, upon the dog’s death and involvement of the dog owner in any criminal activity.  (Dan Toribio)