Kolkata Stray Outperforms Peers, Becomes Top Dog In Elite Sniffer Squad

Officers originally intended keeping the mixed-breed stray as a pet, but Asha turned out to have a nose every bit as good as the German Shepherds and Labradors usually trained to sniff out explosives and drugs.

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Kolkata Stray Outperforms Peers, Becomes Top Dog In Elite Sniffer Squad

"Asha", meaning "hope" in Hindi, was rescued by West Bengal police (AFP)


Kolkata: 

Some 18 months after been rescued from stone-throwing children, a Kolkata street mutt has emerged top dog in an elite bomb- and drug-sniffing squad.

"Asha" -- meaning "hope" in Hindi -- was rescued by West Bengal police when they found her being mistreated outside their training facility.

"The dog was bleeding when she was taken inside the campus," senior West Bengal Police Training Academy official Dipankar Bhattacharya told AFP.

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Asha passed the gruelling training with flying colours and that drugs and explosives like TNT were no match for Asha's keen sense of smell (AFP)

Officers originally intended keeping the mixed-breed stray as a pet, but Asha turned out to have a nose every bit as good as the German Shepherds and Labradors usually trained to sniff out explosives and drugs.

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"She (Asha) performed better than her pedigree peers, jumping nearly six feet (two metres) high and crossing hurdles," Sajal Mondal, the head of the West Bengal Police Training Academy said (AFP)

Sajal Mondal, the head of the academy, said she passed the gruelling training with flying colours and that drugs and explosives like TNT were no match for Asha's keen sense of smell.

"She performed better than her pedigree peers, jumping nearly six feet (two metres) high and crossing hurdles," he said.

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Asha turned out to have a nose every bit as good as the German Shepherds and Labradors usually trained to sniff out explosives and drugs (AFP)

"She is also our fastest runner."

Asha is the first mixed-breed dog to join the 30-strong unit.



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