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Tuesday, January 31 2023

Heroic dog ‘Caesar’ who saved lives during 26/11 attacks, dies

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Mumbai: The 11-year-old Mumbai police sniffer dog ‘Caesar’ who hit headlines after he saved several lives during the 26/11 terror attacks died on Thursday at a farm in Virar.

According to sources, Caesar went into deppression and was admitted in Parel’s animal hospital in June after his fellow dog squad colleague Tiger passed away. Caesar was the sole surviving police dog from a quartet who served during the Mumbai terror attack. After treatment he was sent back to animal activist Fizzah Shah’s farm in Virar where he spent his life in retirement, said DCP Ashok Dudhe, police spokesperson.

“He died of a heart attack. The brave, alert and efficient Caesar will be remembered fondly for his services. An emotional moment for all of us,” Mumbai police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar said in his tribute on Twitter.

The retired Labrador was a part of Mumbai police’s Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) from 2005 to 2013.

During the terror attacks in Mumbai which started on November 26, 2008, Caesar saved several lives when he sniffed out two hand grenades left by the terrorists at the busy CST railway station. Caesar was also a part of search team at Nariman House, where terrorists were holed up for three days. Earlier he was also pressed into service for bomb-search operation after the 2006 serial train blasts and July 2011 serial blasts in Mumbai.

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