A team of 27 police dogs have been flown from Frankfurt, Germany, to Nanjing Lukou International airport “with the mission of breeding,” according to a report by Modern Express, a daily publication of the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
The purpose is to improve the quality of police dogs in China. The dogs—valued at $284,000 (USD) are referred to as VIP guests. There is no indication of how long they will stay in China.
The eleven-hour flight on a Lufthansa carrier in VIP cages was at the invitation of the Nanjing Police Dog Research Institute. The guests were reportedly provided food and water and the largest cages possible for their “utmost comfort” during the flight.
The canine “VIP team," made up of 17 German Shepherds, 6 Belgian Malinois, 2 English Springer Spaniels, 1 Labrador Retriever, and 1 Doberman Pinscher, are all considered “submissive, amiable and intelligent” and suited to be military dogs, police dogs, or guide dogs, WantChinaTimes reports.
On June 1, China Daily announced that Beijing was adding police dogs to its anti-terrorism campaign. Police officers are ordered to take along large-breed dogs, such as German Shepherds, during routine patrols in densely populated areas, including Tian’anmen Square, train and bus stations and open markets in key areas of downtown Beijing.
An official is quoted as saying, “We plan to expand their work to the peripheral areas of Beijing.” The dogs are expected to help police officers deal with terrorist attacks, which have resulted in fatalities in recent months, China Daily reports.
There was no indication of whether the offspring of the German dogs are to be trained for anti-terrorism patrol.
The K-9 guests received a veterinary check upon arrival. They were then sent to a specialized quarantine center in Lishui district for 30 days, to stay in separate 10 meter square rooms (130 square feet) with a feeder and recreation area, where six veterinarians will observe them, WantChinaTimes states.
The report emphasizes that all cages transporting the German dogs and each loading location has been thoroughly sanitized, in light of the recent spread of rabies in Asia.
The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine noted that the first rabies case in more than half a century was confirmed on July 16, 2013, ending the China's 52-year rabies-free status, WantChinaTimes reports.