The Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova has 20 employees with 4 legs. Four-legged customs officers are very responsible and can smell illicit goods from a post office
They retire after only 8 years of work, and their most dangerous weapon is … their nose. We are talking about the 20 dogs, employed at the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova. They are involved in the fight against illicit trafficking in goods and participate daily in the detection of smuggling in our country. For their work, the four-legged customs officers received the title of officers of the customs service.
Graisy has been detecting cigarette and drug smuggling in Moldova for three years. The “Belgian Shepherd” breed quadruped participated last year in the detection of the record seizure of over 200 kilograms of heroin on the territory of our country.
She is an active and very obedient puppy, and her nose is her main weapon. He fulfills any order and over the years, he has obtained the most trophies at international competitions.
We now know Ami, the most agitated and benevolent puppy from the customs service.
Francesca GINDEA, PRO TV REPORTER: “Ami is the most energetic puppy of all her colleagues. She has been working in the customs service for 7 years and has a triple profession, she detects banknotes, cigarettes and drugs. “
Oleg DOBRII, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR: “He is a very playful puppy, you always have to pay attention to him. In this breed, during training you have to go down to her level sometimes. That is, not always to be a leader, but also to feel that you are a friend to her. “
Francesca GINDEA, PRO TV REPORTER: “I will now hide two weapons in the ammunition crates and see if Bari, a German dog that has been working here for 6 years, will find them.”
In less than a minute, the weapons were found.
“These dogs adapt very quickly, are bulky and attach very quickly to their owners.”
There are a total of 20 quadrupeds in the customs center at the Customs Service. Most dogs are Labrador, Belgian Malinois Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, and Flat Coated Retriever. From the beginning, some of them did not understand Romanian, and the inspectors addressed them in their mother tongue.
Victor POPOVICI, HEAD OF THE CHINOLOGICAL CENTER, CUSTOMS SERVICE: “From the beginning we kept the tradition, but during the development period, we switched to the Romanian language. Some remained fluent in Russian. It’s not important what language we talk to the dog about, but it’s important that he doesn’t understand gestures and facial expressions. “
The quadrupeds receive special food brought from Italy, around 600 grams per day. They are taken care of so that their fur always shines.
Victor POPOVICI, HEAD OF THE CHINOLOGICAL CENTER, CUSTOMS SERVICE: “In many countries, dogs have the rank of lieutenant, we do not have a legislative degree, but we say that all dogs are officers of the customs service. All the dogs he detects are lieutenant officers. ”
After reaching the “retirement” age, ie after 8 years, the dog enjoys a well-deserved rest. The quadruped is either left as a canine inspector, who has become his family during all his years of work, or he still remains at the Canine Center of the Customs Service, where he benefits from all the care.