Dutch, a dog with the Eastern Command of the Indian Army passed away on 11th September. The army, today posted a tweet condoling the death of the 9-year-old.
#Condolence#ArmyCdrEC condoles the death of ‘Dutch’ a 9 yr old ED dog who died on 11 Sept. He was a decorated dog of #EasternCommand who was instrumental in identifying IEDs in various CI/CT Ops. A real hero in service to nation. #Salute @adgpi @SpokespersonMOD pic.twitter.com/GKN4BA47IA— EasternCommand_IA (@easterncomd) September 14, 2019
According to a report by News18, the entire unit paid tributes to his bravery at a funeral service held especially for him.
Talking to media, one of the officers at the Army dog unit said:
“He passed away in his sleep – like a saint, a real soldier.”
Born in April 2010, Dutch was one of the most decorated dogs in the Indian Army. He had helped the Army in identifying improvised explosives in various counter-terror and counter-insurgency operations.
The brave canine was awarded with the GOC-in-C Eastern Command commendation for his bravery in 2015 and 2016.
Reports suggest that Dutch had served the Indian Army for 9 years and was about to retire next month.
After the Eastern Command of the Indian Army posted a tribute message for Dutch on Twitter, a lot of people started posting condolences for the brave canine.
Though this is such a sad post, but it’s also an excellent post that gives equal respect to our braveheart dogs.— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) September 14, 2019
Every living thing on this planet has its rightful place here and I’m glad we are giving them their due honour when need be.
RIP Puppy 🐶.— Dr Vivek Shivran (@DrVivekShivran) September 14, 2019
Thank you for your service.
Huge salute to this soldier❤🇮🇳❤— Mahi (@Mahi_03) September 14, 2019
Service dogs are true heroes. May his soul rip— Shilpa Sharma~ Bhosekar (@shilpa_bhosekar) September 14, 2019
The nation is proud of your service, soldier.