Army dog Zoom, injured in encounter, dies in veterinary hospital

Army assault dog Zoom, who sustained gunshot wounds during an encounter in the Anantnag area of Jammu and Kashmir, passed away from his wounds on Thursday noon.

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Army assault dog Zoom, who sustained gunshot wounds during an encounter in the Anantnag area of Jammu and Kashmir, passed away from his wounds on Thursday noon, according to a report from ANI citing army sources. The dog was receiving care at Srinagar’s 54 Advance Field Veterinary Hospital (AFVH).

“Army dog Zoom, under treatment at 54 AFVH (Advance Field Veterinary Hospital), passed away around 12 noon today,” army officials were quoted as saying, adding that Zoom was responding well till around 11:45 am when he suddenly started gasping and collapsed

The dog suffered a catastrophic injury during the Monday clash in the Anantnag district. After receiving information that there were terrorists in the region of Tangpawa late Sunday night, security personnel began a cordon and search operation.

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Zoom was asked to clean the house of the terrorists who were concealed inside. Nevertheless, the dog was shot twice.

The incident resulted in the deaths of two terrorists and the injuries of an equal number of soldiers while performing their duties.

According to army officials on Wednesday, Zoom underwent surgery and was in stable condition, but the following 24 to 48 hours were crucial. The officials also said that his face splinter injuries were treated and that his fractured back leg had been glued.

The army further stated that Zoom was a highly trained dog that was used in numerous ongoing operations in south Kashmir to track down and kill terrorists.

AXEL, an elite assault dog, was killed in an operation in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir in July of this year. Three members of the security forces were hurt during the operation, and one terrorist was also neutralised.