Police in Sri Lanka are taking heat for an elaborate wedding ceremony that involved sniffer dogs.
"The police have demeaned all this by conducting this in the Kandy - the city of the [famous Buddhist] Temple of Truth. I totally condemn this,” he said in the report.
Police said that the ceremonies were to encourage domestic breeding among the dogs, not to offend the sacred traditions of the area.
The dogs were flown in from the Netherlands in 2011 and cost more than $500,000, so the department felt it was necessary.
The force split the dogs up into nine couples and dressed them in similar garb to what Sri Lankan humans would wear. Male dogs were put in red ties while female dogs had hats and shawls with flowers.
Each couple sat on a makeshift decorated platform in the wedding outfits and photographed by more than 1,000 guests and television cameras.
Officials created marriage certificates for each of the furry couples, and there was even wedding cake at the canine reception.
The honeymoon procession included car rides up to Nuwara Eliya hilltop resort for each of the newlyweds to get to know each other a little better.
Ekananayake wants police to do an official investigation into the ceremony.