Apart from being just adorable pets and companions, dogs have, for years, been involved in numerous rescue efforts, crime prevention and various other missions.
Chulio, a five-year-old German Shepherd is certainly no stranger to danger and has been a key figure in the police force.
Recently, the Batu Gajah district police honoured the dog with a “Jasamu Dikenang” medal after the canine successfully found the body of an elderly man in Kampung Baru Nalla (Batu Gajah).
On hand to present the medal was Batu Gajah district police Deputy Chief, Supt Tan Boon Hooi, witnessed by district police Chief Assistant Commissioner, Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sharif.
Chulio also received a bag of kibbles, while its handler, Corporal Tony Matius Farang received a Certificate of Appreciation.
Tony said Chulio, acquired from the United Kingdom has served at the Perak police contingent headquarters K9 Unit for almost five years.
“Chulio has joined more than 50 operations and this is the second biggest success after it located victims buried under the rubbles in a landslide in Cameron Highlands last April. Chulio is trained daily, and has the special expertise of detecting bodies,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mohamad Roy said that Chulio was deployed on 11th May, the third day of a search and rescue operation to look for a missing 85-year-old man.
“On the fourth day, based on the smell of clothes, Chulio managed to find the body in just about half an hour,” he said.