The General Directorate of Customs reported this Sunday that it proceeded to retire the dog Filli, 10 years old, a Labrador specialized in search and detection of narcotics who served the agency with her guide Aldo for almost her entire life.
"Together they prevented the entry of drugs on several occasions during operations carried out in Iguazú and Posadas," the agency said in a statement reported by the Telam news agency.
Filli was an anti-drug dog for nine of his 10 years of life. He and his instructor met in 2014 at the K9 Training Center of Customs and since then they have formed a duo and always worked together.
For her farewell, Customs prepared a video of the operations carried out by the anti-drug dog. In the compilation they show Filli, in her uniform, sitting, showing off her black fur and receiving caresses on her muzzle. Then, enjoying a bath, and then, yes, being presented in action, in a scene in which she located hidden prohibited substances.
In another section, the hound is seen tirelessly opening an iron structure with its claws and teeth.
She is then surrounded by children, human companions, and her canine peers.
After nine years of service, Filli, an anti-drug dog from Customs, retires
During these nine years, the dog was the protagonist of important discoveries of different types of narcotics, the border control agency recalled.
In November of last year, he prevented the entry of 47 kilos of base paste that were being transported in a cargo truck that was trying to enter through the Posadas-Encarnación International Bridge.
- In October, he discovered 16 kilos of marijuana they were trying to smuggle across the same border.
After a long career in the agency, Filli retires from Customs at the age of 10, but will start "a new life as a family pet of his instructor," who will be assigned another dog to continue developing his tasks in the agency.
For Customs, dogs are essential in the control tasks carried out by agents and it is an area of work in constant development for the formation of new binomials. There are currently 206 anti-drug dogs; 145 already operational and 61 in training.
The Customs K9 Training Center was certified by the World Customs Organization (WCO) as a Regional Dog Training Center.
The WCO has 18 accredited Regional Canine Training Centers around the world and the one in Buenos Aires is the only one in Spanish.
In America there are only 3 RDTC (Regional Dog Training Centres) besides the one in Buenos Aires: 1 in Canada and 2 in the USA. Within this framework, the Customs Dog School receives guides and dogs from all over South America.