Xela began her drug-detection duties for the CIB in October 2008. She was gifted to the Cook Islands Police Service by their comrades in New Zealand.
Xela has been used for border control at the airport and port, as well as in postal service checks and police operations. She is a highly trained animal and was once a vital asset to the force.
The loyal Labrador is now 60 in ‘dog years’ however. After a special ceremony on Monday, Xela will be replaced by a new dog, Hoss. Peter Pureau will be Hoss’ handler after both graduated from training in New Zealand earlier this month.
A special ceremony will take place on Monday, following a commissioner’s parade to mark a number of police developments, including a new initiative and the upgrade of police vehicles.
Xela will then be handed over to a new owner and begin her retired life.