[PICS] K9 heroes sniff the smells of the forest during a break from the fight against drugs

The Cape Town police dog heroes enjoyed a second outing in the forest with the help of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Image of Metro Police K9 unit enjoying a morning break in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens released by the City of Cape Town

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town’s hard-working Metro Police K9 unit enjoyed a well-deserved break from duty this week.

The team’s drug-sniffing dogs play an extremely important role in drug seizures and arrests in the city.

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Their other duties include sniffing out explosives and protected species. Police dogs also help track dangerous suspects and use their skills during search and rescue operations.

The K9 trip to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens this week is the second such trip organized with the Kirstenbosch team.

Police dog heroes take a day off with a ‘walkies’ treat in the forest

The initiative aims to give K9s a change of pace from their day-to-day duties which have seen them instrumental in making 200 drug-related arrests between July 2021 and October 2022.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security – Cape Town

The town’s JP Smith says they hope to make this a regular excursion, especially for dogs.

    Image of Metro Police K9 unit enjoying a morning break in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens released by the City of Cape Town
Image of Metro Police K9 unit enjoying a morning break in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens released by the City of Cape Town
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It seems a wonderful outing was enjoyed by all, even poor Shadow who needed a lift after having trouble with her hip.

The German Shepherd seemed fine after but was placed under observation, Smith said.

“Old ‘gal Shadow is due to retire shortly, but today’s event may necessitate his immediate retirement.”

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Xena, the most drug-free German Shepherd, recently made a personal appearance at the Cape Talk studios – watch the wonderful video below.


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