This March, 16 years after the founding of this specialized group focused on protecting Chile’s health at the border, has seen the opening of long-awaited facilities at the Santiago airport, providing better conditions for the teams that inspect animal and vegetable products.
The new facilities required an investment of more than 24,000 Chilean indexed units of account (UF) that were financed thanks to a collaboration agreement between the airport’s import operators and the Nuevo Pudahuel airport concessionaire. The works were carried out as part of the infrastructure improvements of the air terminal. As such, this center is now the largest and most modern SAG detection dog training school in the country, in compliance with all international animal welfare standards.
“ChileCarne works continuously with Chilean public agencies that lead prevention, partnering to work on important issues such as preventing diseases of any kind that may affect our animals from entering Chile. Therefore, and to help protect our health assets, we supported this initiative by donating 10 dogs that are already part of SAG’s BRICAN (Canine Brigade),” said Juan Carlos Domínguez, President of ChileCarne.
The facilities include dressing rooms, a meeting room, an office, warehouses, and a maximum capacity of 32 fixed kennels, all of which facilitate the proper management of institutional knowledge to train new generations of BRICAN inspectors and trainers, while adequately housing the service dogs.