Russia Gives France a Puppy Following Death of Police Dog During Paris Attacks
The puppy named Dobrynya will replace fallen Belgian Shepherd Diesel.
By ALEXIS P. WILLIAMS
December 7, 2015, 9:50 PM
• 3 min read
-- A German shepherd puppy was given to the French police from Russia today, in an official handover ceremony at the French Embassy in Moscow as an act of solidarity following the terrorist attacks in Paris last month.
The new police dog, Dobrynya, is replacing the fallen seven-year-old Belgian shepherd, Diesel.
The K-9 died during an apartment raid of the alleged mastermind behind the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, in November, ABC affiliate WABC reported.
The Embassy tweeted photos and video of the the event, where French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert said, the puppy is a "living symbol of the strong ties of friendship and cooperation" between France and Russia. The newest member of the French police force is named after Dobrynya Nikitich, a heroic knight from Russian folk legend.