A ceremony was organised for the first time to honor police dogs retired from service at the Central Police Office (CPO) in Lahore on Friday.

The retried police dogs were presented with a service badge as a symbol of admiration of the heroic efforts they have made for the safety of the people of Pakistan. They were then adopted by families and went to their new homes.

An animal welfare organization, JFK Animal Rescue And Shelter, shared some clips from the event on their Instagram and declared this to be an important day for animal rights. They explained in the post that previously, when Pakistani police dogs retired from service, they were euthanised after they turned 8 years old.

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“This is a very old practice that prevailed all over Pakistan because they are deemed useless after retirement regardless of their superior intellect and hard work,” the post said.

JFK was very proud to announce that a historic MOU was signed with the Punjab Police to end the practice of euthanizing sniffer dogs, under which the dogs will no longer be put to sleep but be put up for adoptions three months prior to their retirement date and the adoptions will take place with the help of JFK.

They further appreciated the Punjab police and IG Punjab for a wonderful step and showing concern for animals.