Horse 'Black Beauty' from the force's basic training centre near Chandigarh and dog 'Machhli' from the 29th battalion deployed in Chhattisgarh were conferred with 'Best Horse' and the 'Best Canine' medals.
While Black Beauty the horse ferries rations for troops on border, Machhli the dog helps detect explosives in Naxal-hit areas.
Mr Singh, officiating as the chief guest at the 56th Raising Day celebrations of the force at its camp here, got down from the dais to decorate the 'special soldiers' and put medals around their necks.
And they also serve the nation...Felicitated the Best Horse 'Black Beauty' & the Best Dog 'Machhli' with special medals for their services. pic.twitter.com/AGGeshIhVw— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 24, 2017
The nine-year-old horse has been with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police since birth and is part of the animal transport unit of the force which is considered as the lifeline for the high-altitude posts.
The seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog conducts special sniffing operations as she assists patrol teams detect explosives in naxal-hit areas of Chhattisgarh.
Recently, 'Machhli' had found five kg of explosives and saved the lives of many soldiers in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandangaon village, a senior ITBP officer said. 'Black Beauty' had won a silver medal at the national riding games recently.
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