A police dog has melted hearts online after video emerged of the disciplined pooch refusing to part from his handler.
Niuniu, a military-trained Labrador, has been “administratively separated” from his retiring handler Yun Qihai and cameras managed to capture the final time they met up.
The video was posted to Anhui Armed Police’s Douyin account and shows Yun and three others following Niuniu.
Niuniu follows Yun and even bites into his bag while he is following him to a police van.
Yun kneels down and pads the pooch’s head for the last time before his commander gives the order: “Niuniu, stay! Head back!”
Th pooch drops his head and turns around while the team marches forward.
Niuniu isn’t able to bear the separation, and runs past security at the barracks in pursuit of the police van.
Dog lovers shared their frustration at the sight of the couple being separated.
One said: “The dog must be very depressed. He is going to miss his handler a lot.”
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A second commented: “It’s equally heartbreaking for the solider. You see, he is not turning around to look at the dog when they are about to get on the van.”
“I’m crying, why can’t the soldier take him home?” a third asked.
Some said that the police dog should be trained to behave like a soldier, and must adhere to strict discipline.
“He is a fighter, he’s got to follow rules,” A viewer posted the following.
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Earlier this year, an off-duty police officer paid a surprise visit to his retired police dog and the canine “cried” during the short reunion.
A spokesperson for the police explained that service dogs are not permitted to be taken with retiring officers in most cases.
He added: “Police dogs are generally well fed at the training centre but our officers could not dedicate their time to play or exercise with retired dogs.”