A project to breed canines by Police Kennels had failed as the puppies produced here did not meet the international standards and Sri Lanka would have to import dogs for police and security forces, Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake told the Parliament.
Responding to a question raised by UNP Matara District MP Buddhika Pathirana, the minister said that there were 177 dogs in the police kennel and the government had spent Rs 92,751,156.63 in the year 2016 for the upkeep of those animals.
The minister said that although action was taken to import 50 dogs in the year 2017 allocations had not been made.
Raising a separate question MP Pathirana demanded to know the number of dogs deployed for service in the Army, Air force and Navy. The minister said the dogs deployed for the service in tri-forces were currently engaged in sensitive duties and the exact details could not be informed due to national security interests.
State Defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the approximate monthly expenditure for the upkeep of a single dog in the Engineering Division of the army amounted to Rs. 15,476 and in the Commando Regiment of the army the cost of maintaining a dog was Rs 11,037. The monthly cost for maintaining a single dog in the navy was Rs 26,160 and in the Air Force it was Rs 7,962.
The government was planning to import more dogs for the army at a cost of Rs 5.4 million and for the Air Force at a cost of Rs 12.5 million, the minister said.