Eastern Cape prove top dogs at K9 champs

Explosives dog Zinzi, 6, and her handler Sergeant Solomon Morake. Picture: Eugene Coetzee
Explosives dog Zinzi, 6, and her handler Sergeant Solomon Morake. Picture: Eugene Coetzee

After a week of being put through their paces, police dogs from across the country visited a number of schools in Port Elizabeth yesterday before South Africa’s top dogs were announced at an event at the Boardwalk.

The Eastern Cape was recognised as the best K9 and mounted unit in the country.

The province’s team of Sergeant RC Spannenberg, with his dog, Gavin, won the protected species category.

Warrant Officer J Potgieter and his dog, Ben, won the search and rescue category.

Colonel V Naidoo was elected best provincial police and emergency services commander.

On Thursday, 15 people were arrested during a joint operation of the country’s top K9 units.

The operation was a spin-off of the National K9 Unit championships held in Port Elizabeth over the past week.

According to police, the joint operation targeted identified problematic hotspot areas such as suburbs in the northern areas.

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