The U.S. Embassy coordinated with the Costa Rican Ministry of Justice to establish the first veterinarian clinic of the Penitentiary Police K-9 Unit. It will also serve other police corps K-9 units. The embassy provided the construction materials, and the ministry supplied the labor through its prison work program.
In this clinic, canine agents will receive routine checkups, consultations, preventive medicine, dental cleanings, nutrition, weight control, deworming, vaccinations, electrocardiograms, ultrasounds, laboratory tests, physical therapy, surgeries and even hospitalizations.
“Dogs are an important and valuable asset, but their performance is truly strengthened when their medical care is frequently monitored, with cutting-edge technology and human caretakers who are sensitive to animal welfare,” said Robert Alter, Director of the U.S. Embassy Bureau of Antinarcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
Minister of Justice and Peace Gerald Campos congratulated the Penitentiary Police for the clinic and thanked the U.S. Embassy for its cooperation and collaboration with the ministry.
The Ministry of Justice Canine Unit has 50 officials and a total of 30 service dogs, stationed at strategic points for police operations.