Bruno, Bruni and Rani with cops in Ernakulam district jail l Photo: B Muraleekrishnan/ Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Kerala Police will auction the canines Bruni, Bruno, and Rani and bid farewell to them from the district prison in Ernakulam on Friday. Bruni is a Doberman, while Bruno and Rani belong to the breeds of German shepherd and labrador retriever, respectively.
Three years ago, the then prison chief Rishiraj Singh had brought three puppies to the Ernakulam district jail. Dogs were bred in the jail, instead of being sent to the police dog training school.
The department decided to auction them after the police officer who took care of the dogs got transferred from the district prison. The auction will be held on Friday at 3 pm. Over 200 persons contacted the department expressing their willingness to adopt the dogs, said officials.
In jail, their mornings start with exercise at 6 am. Along with the cops, some prisoners also join to make them do the exercises. Their menu chiefly comprised chicken and dog food. A huge cage divided into three compartments was the home of these police canines.
“Three of them are quite ferocious. However, they turn extremely obedient to those who wore police uniforms. Their presence offered more security to the jail,” said prison officer VT Pradeepan.
The dogs are registered with the Kennel Club and possess health cards. Vaccinations were also administered without fail.