Date
24 September 2017
Dax triggered a police land-sea search after jumping into Victoria harbor. Photos: HK Police,  Mingpao
Dax triggered a police land-sea search after jumping into Victoria harbor. Photos: HK Police, Mingpao

What’s in the water? Police dog dives into Hong Kong harbor

Hong Kong police are beginning to wonder what’s in the water after a three-year-old Belgian shepherd jumped into the harbor during a walk with its handler.

An initial land-and-sea search for the animal turned up empty but officers vowed to press on with the operation, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

The dog, named Dax, was not on a leash when it ran off from its handler, an off-duty policeman, during a walk on the waterfront near a police station in Quarry Bay district.

It jumped through a hole in the fence into the water, the report said.

The incident triggered a search in Victoria Harbor and its immediate vicinity for the better part of an afternoon and recalled a similar incident less than two months earlier when a police dog gave its handler the slip and was later found dead.

In April, Belgian shepherds, which make up about 90 percent of the police kennel, gained notoriety after they attacked their police handlers nine times in a span of 18 months.

Dog experts are recommending the recall of German shepherds to replace the aggressive Belgian breed, according to media reports.

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