Members of the dog unit of the security ministry formally buried a Belgian shepherd that had been a crime fighter for eight years. The animal, Kindra, was nine years old and died Sunday morning due to an illness.
The burial was witnessed by two other dogs from the Unidad Canina. This is the unit that provides dogs for searching and drug interdiction. Kindra worked 709 missions this year alone, said the ministry. Dogs usually survey areas where President Laura Chinchilla will be. They are trained to detect explosives as well as drugs.
Kindra also participated in the protection afforded U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. when they visited.
The dog also was in use at Juan Santamaría airport. against smugglers. Burial was in the same compound where the animal was born.
The dog unit has 38 animals that can be put into the field for protection or searching, said the ministry.