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MDD BORN AND TRAINED IN AZERBAIJAN FINDS ITS FIRST MINE

In 2010 ANAMA’s mine detection dog trainers started developing a local capacity of mine detecting dogs to support mine clearance operations in Azerbaijan. The first step in this process was the training of two German Shepherd puppies, Aron and Abrek, born in January 2011. After passing accreditation test in April 2012, Aron and Abrek are successfully operating in the live minefields in three regions of Azerbaijan – Fizuli, Agdam and Agstafa. The day of August 01, 2012 was significantly earmarked for the whole ANAMA personnel as Aron, born and trained in Goygol International Mine Action Resource and Training Center has found his first three anti-tank mines. This serves as a highest appraisal for all those who were involved in Aron and Abrek’s training.

Up to date, 24 German Shepherd and Malinois puppies were born in Goygol Training Center. Currently, all of them are on the different stages of training and one day will be involved in mine clearance operations.