Pune: The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will reopen its dog training centre only after the pandemic situation is over.
The CID closed the facility after a nationwide lockdown was announced in the last week of March 2020. The facility not only trains sniffer dogs, but also dog handlers from different units of the state police.
Each year, the facility trains 160-190 dogs and about 300 dog handlers.
“The facility will remain closed as of now. It will reopen only when the situation returns to normal. We will also wait for government orders in this regard. Human beings can speak if they develop some health issues, but not dogs,” said additional director general of police (CID) Atulchandra Kulkarni.
There are 92 police dog units in the state, a CID officer said, adding that it is the only facility in the state. The dog training facility has barracks for dog handlers, where they can stay for a period of six months. At the same time, there are many canals for dogs in the facility.
A senior CID officer said, “In the Covid situation, it is not possible for dog handlers to stay under one roof as there are chances of them as well as dogs getting infected.”
“Also, there were news reports stating that animals, too, were getting infected with the corona virus. Thus, we decided not to open the dog training centre as of now,” the CID officer said.