3 Aspin police dogs honored for brave service in the Cordillera – Manila Bulletin
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Three indigenous police dogs, also known as asong Pinoy or Aspin, were honored for their courageous service to the Philippine National Police (PNP) at a retirement ceremony here on Friday, August 26.
“Gordon”, “Wanda” and “Bullet” were quoted by the men and women of the Cordillera Police Regional Bureau during the “Salamat Kapatid in Kaibigan” program at Camp Major Bado Dangwa.
Police Col. Elmer Ragay, Chief of Staff of the Cordillera Regional Police Bureau, led the event where certificates of recognition and treats were presented to the winners.
Gordon and Wanda served for over seven years as Combat Tracking Dogs (CTDs).
They helped locate a missing Korean in Barlig, Mountains Province, in 2017.
They also assisted in search and rescue and recovery operations during a landslide in Sitio Sakrang, Barangay Banawel, Natonin, Mountains Province in 2018 and were dispatched on an encounter in Tadian, Mountains Province , which led to the discovery of accommodation areas and escape routes for the New People’s Army.
Bullet served for over six years as a search and rescue dog.
In the aftermath of Typhoon “Ompong” in 2018, he located four victims in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet and received the “Medalya ng Kadakilaan” from former President Duterte.
In 2019, Bullet was tasked with the search and rescue operation for two missing teenagers swept away by raging waters in a Lower Wangal cove here.
In 2021, he was asked to locate three missing people buried in a landslide in Barangay Dominican-Mirador, Baguio City during the onslaught of the severe tropical storm “Maring”.
Ragay also awarded the Medalya ng Kasanayan to the police master sergeant. Elizer Pe, Gordon’s manager; Police Chief Sgt. Arthur Bayangan, Wanda’s handler, and police master sergeant. Arman Acangan, Bullet’s handler, for guiding and training the three canines.
After retirement, all three dogs are now ready for new homes and ready for adoption.
A police dog usually starts working around the age of one and retires around the age of 10. Retirement age varies by race and health condition. The starting age also differs, but most police dogs work for about eight to nine years.
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