A sniffer dog attached to the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris died of liver problems on Tuesday. Named Holfer, the Belgian shepherd was successfully deployed to crack many wildlife cases in MTR and other reserve forests.
According to KK Kaushal, field director, MTR, the five-year-old dog had contracted liver problem two years ago. “Holfer was then taken to Namakkal veterinary college hospital for treatment. It returned fully recovered.”
According to the official, the same problem seems to have recurred and claimed the dog’s life. “It died today (Tuesday) morning.”
Trained at the BSF Academy for Dog Training in Teekampur near Gwalior, the dog was donated to MTR by the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network in 2016.
“Holfer was quite useful and sharp. It helped in cracking cases in MTR and other units,” the official said.
After postmortem, the carcass was buried inside the forest with full honor.
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