Sri Lanka police sorry for drug dog ‘wedding’

SRI Lankan police have apologised for holding a group “wedding” for dogs trained to detect explosives and drugs after the country’s culture minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation.

Sri Lankan policemen hold a pair of sniffer dogs as they hold a wedding ceremony in Kandy. Picture: AP
Sri Lankan policemen hold a pair of sniffer dogs as they hold a wedding ceremony in Kandy. Picture: AP

Nine pairs of police sniffer dogs dressed in shawls, hats and socks, were placed on a decorated platform like those used in traditional Buddhist weddings in the ceremony on Monday in the central town of Kandy.

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Their “marriages” – designed as part of a breeding programme – were registered by an official in the presence of a crowd of veterinary surgeons, medical doctors, top police officers and the public.