MOSCOW, A German Sheppard puppy to replace the Paris police dog that was killed during a raid on terrorists last month was presented to France by Russia’s Interior Ministry.
Diesel, a 7-year-old police dog and a Belgian Malinois, was shot during the raid on a building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis as police sought suspects following the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13.
On Monday, Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov presented the 7-month-old puppy, named Dobrynya, to French ambassador to Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert.
“The puppy you are giving us today will replace Diesel and proves your friendship. Paris is waiting for him,” Richert said, as reported by the Russian news agency Tass..
Zubov called the gift symbolic of “the unity of our nations in (the) implacable fight against terrorism.” He added, “I do not think it is a gift. I would rather say we are sending our employee to serve in the French Ministry of the Interior,” he added.
Dobrynya will join the Paris police force.
When the gift was proposed in November, ministry spokeswoman Elena Alekseeva noted the puppy is named for a Russian folk hero and “Russian knight, Dobrynya, a symbol of strength, kindness, valor and selfless help. The puppy will be sent to France as a sign of solidarity with the French people and police fighting against terrorism.”
By Ed Adamczyk