Police Puppy Named in Honor of Dog Killed in Paris Terrorist Attacks

An English police department has named its new puppy after the canine officer killed in the Paris terrorist attacks in November. 

"Diesel" is a 4-month-old Belgian Malinois and joined North Yorkshire Police several weeks ago.

"The name Diesel was chosen out of respect for the police dog that died in a raid on an apartment block in Saint Denis, Paris, in November," said Sergeant Simon Whitby with the North Yorkshire Police Dog Section. "The death touched us all, and having the name live on is a wonderful way to respect Diesel's memory."

According to the northern England police force, the dog has been assigned to a volunteer puppy walker who will care for her and make sure she gains experience in a variety of situations such as socializing with people and other animals, busy traffic, crowds of people and loud noises. 

 

 

"Such exposure at an early stage is vital for her to progress through to her basic training, and ultimately become a General Purpose Police Dog," North Yorkshire Police said. 

The November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris left 130 people dead. The French Diesel, also a Belgian Malinois, was 7-years-old. Following the dog's death, the hashtag #JeSuisDiesel (French for "I am Diesel") was trending.

 

 

As Diesel the puppy grows and throughout her training period, she will be continually assessed for her temperament, personality and suitability as a police dog, according to North Yorkshire Police.

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