Police have apologised for holding a group wedding ceremony for sniffer dogs after the country’s Culture Minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation.
Nine pairs of police dogs dressed in shawls, hats and socks were placed on a decorated platform like those used in traditional weddings for the ceremony in the city of Kandy.
The “marriages” were also registered by an official in the presence of a crowd of veterinary surgeons, medical doctors, top police officers and the public.
Video on local television showed the dogs were driven away in a decorated police car for their “honeymoons” after the ceremony. The Culture and Arts Minister, TB Ekananayake, said the ceremony undermined traditional wedding rituals and should be strongly condemned.