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Published:November 21st, 2010 00:37 EST

A Japanese Police Dept. Appoints Chihuahua To Rescue Squad

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Japanese police department on Friday appointed a Chihuahua as a member of its disaster rescue squad, where it will serve alongside retrievers and German shepherds.


Seven-year-old Momo, or `Peach`, earned its top dog credentials when it passed a canine rescue test last week and is set to join the force in January, said a spokeswoman for the Nara Police Department in western Japan.

The three-kilogramme (seven-pound) dog was given the scent of a human `survivor` in a disaster simulation and took under five minutes to sniff out the target person in a 100 square metre (1,100 square foot) area. AFP

Peach won`t be used to nab bad guys, but her tiny size will be an asset in the event of an earthquake. The small pooch will be able to enter crevices that are off limits to big dogs.

Peach can also serve as an ambassador to the community; she will be a big hit with the little kids.

Peach has earned the right to serve as a police dog, and I hope that she will be accepted by her fellow officers, human and canine.

Good Luck Peach!

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