Erev Shabbath Qodesh/Rosh Hodesh Iyyar 5769
Voice Of Judea: Israeli Dog Captures Arab Invader
Loco, a well-trained security dog stationed with Kfar Tapuach's canine unit, succeeded in finding and neutralizing an Arab who snuck into an abandoned Jewish encampent, a few hundred yards away from the Tapuach West Synagogue.
Loco has undergone advanced training together with his handler, Tal, for the past four years. Tal is a medic and member of the local emergency response team. The canine unit is presently searching the area alongside the path of the chase to seek weapons or explosives that might have been left behind by the Arab invader.
IDF soldiers were unable to find the hiding Arab suspect until Tal released Loco. The dog quickly discovered the Arab, who was crying and begging for his life, demanding that authorities release the patrol dog and take him to police. He has since been arrested and is undergoing interrogation.
In recent days, the local Tapuach canine unit has opened new branches in the Kiryat Arba/Gush Etzyon "settlement bloc," in Itamar and near Beth El, pairing local security personnel with specially trained patrol dogs. The unit provides professional training for both dogs and new handlers, and recruits volunteers to assist in the patrol of these vulnerable towns.
The task of fully training a patrol dog and its handler can take 3-6 months and cost as much as 10000 dollars.
Anyone interested in joining the program as a volunteer or helping to sponsor a dog can call 0544876709 in Israel or email to JewishLegion@aol.com. Contributions can be sent to Klavim for Israel's Defense - POBox 6592 Jerusalem Israel