Police dog donates blood, saves colleague

October 7th, 2008 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Oct 7 (IANS) Three-year-old Bishan donated blood to save Jyoti, who was suffering from high fever and acute anaemia. Both are members of Bihar’s police dog squad. “It is true … Bishan donated blood to save Jyoti’s life. If blood was not given to her on time, she would have died,” Om Prakash, a trainer of police dogs, told IANS here Tuesday.

Both are labradors. Bishan is trained to catch criminals; Jyoti is an expert in locating explosives.

The two have become close friends now, said Om Prakash.

“This was not the case before Bishan donated blood,” he said. The trainer added that they would study the change in the behaviour of the animals.

Last week, Jyoti’s condition deteriorated after she stopped eating. She was taken to the state veterinary hospital where doctors said only a blood transfusion would save her life, officials in the Bihar police dog squad said.

The labrador’s haemoglobin level had dropped to 2.5 gm, as compared to the normal levels of 14-15 gm.

“Bishan was tested fit for donating blood by veterinarians and one unit of blood was procured to save Joyti,” an official said.

Bishan has now become the hero of the nearly one dozen-strong Bihar dog squad. “We will take special care of Bishan. He deserves the attention,” Om Prakash said.

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