Russian puppy takes flight to Paris to replace dog killed in anti-terror raid
Dobrynya was given to the French ambassador following the death of Diesel, a service dog who was killed in a shootout during a police raid on suspected terrorists, in Saint-Denis on November 18.
Diesel’s death gripped the hearts of animal lovers, with many taking to social media to share photos of their pets along with the hashtag #JeSuisDiesel as a mark of respect.
“The puppy you are giving us today will replace Diesel and proves your friendship. Paris is waiting for him,” said French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert in December, as quoted by TASS.
Dobrynya, named after a Russian epic knight who is a symbol of strength, kindness and bravery, was shown off to journalists at the airport before catching his flight to Paris.