July 8th, 2020: IDU Security Dog in Hebron stops Terror Attack and IDU SAR Team "refinds" missing person
July 8th "liminyanam" was an active day for the Israel Dog Unit, for both the security and search and rescue departments. The day started with a call from an IDF reserve combat platoon which spotted a person that strongly resembled Zusha Brandwein, a missing person sought after by the IDU for several months. Barak, the soldier who called in the missing person, recalled seeing Zusha's picture on an IDU flier. The IDU immediately dispatched a search team to the area and found the "missing person". However, the missing person was actually a different missing person who had been found and rescued by the IDU several years ago who had strongly resembled Zusha. After the rendezvous with T.S., our "refound" missing person, the IDU SAR team was invited for coffee by Barak and the other soldiers on their nearby base. Just as the IDU volunteers were about to perform an impromptu dog show for the IDF soldiers, a call came in from Dr. Ben-Tarya who gave us the good news that Ayeshala the IDU security dog that was stationed in his home scared away an arab terrorist squad who attempted to penetrate into the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Hebron. Ben-Tarya thanked profusely the IDU, recalling that there have been multiple attempts to break into his home prior to receiving Ayeshala.
July 12th, 2020: Amos Netzer, the Mayor of the Zevulun Region and Nir Yonah, the Chief of Zevulun Police Visit IDU Command Center
During the 4 day search for Roni Waller, of blessed memory, the IDU lead hundreds of volunteers, including Amos Netzer (Mayor) and Nir Yonah (Chief of Police). 65-year-old Waller disappeared on July 12th, during a hike in a wilderness near his home. Waller, who had earlier suffered from a stroke, fell into a ditch under heavy brush and was found dead by Danna, an IDU cadaver dog working with IDU volunteers.
July 18th, 2020: IDU Assists IDF in Pursuit of Arab Car Thieves
A ring of arab thieves who stole a car in Ariel and ditched it alongside highway 5 fled on foot. IDU dog handlers and drones assisted in the pursuit of the thieves.
July 21st, 2020: IDU performs dog show for lone soldiers in Gush Etzion
22nd, 2020: IDU holds important exercise at earthquake rubble site
August 3rd, 2020: IDU holds dog show for special needs children in Jerusalem
August 10th, 2020: IDU holds another dog show for special needs children in Jerusalem
August 13th, 2020: IDU Gush Etzion Commander, Michah Katz, receives award from Kibbutz Migdal Oz Security Chief.
August 25th, 2020: Dudi Mayblum, IDU Commander of Northern Operations, receives award from Israeli Police for aiding in the finding and rescuing of Yvgeny Kolyaba who went missing 4 days earlier from Kiryat Yam.
September 3rd, 2020: IDU SAR team finds Ronah Hilo of blessed memory
The IDU command center which was donated by Harel Insurance Company, managed more than 400 volunteers, including the deputy mayor of Petach Tikva, Moshe Ben-Sadok, as well as dogs, horses, kayaks, drones and jeeps in a race against the clock to save the life of 52-year-old Ronah Hilo. After 9 days of searching, Ronah's body was recovered -unfortunately deceased- by an IDU SAR team.
The IDU wishes all of its volunteers and supporters a great new year; a year of happiness, health, wealth, spiritually and physically.