This veteran K-9 with health problems got a hero’s farewell as he walked into the Animal Hospital to be put down. Heartbreaking.
Chewing his favorite toy and surrounded by devastated police officers, this is the heartbreaking tribute made to a veteran K-9 just before he was put down.
The nine-year-old German shepherd named Judge was driven to Swedesboro Animal Hospital in Woolwich Township, New Jersey on roads flanked by saluting canine cops.
His handlers questioned whether he would be strong enough to make it to the door, following years of deteriorating health problems.
But his tight squeeze on the sleeve he used while he was being trained proved he had enough energy for one final walk.
Vets and specialists surprised the West Deptford Police department by lining up inside the clinic. According to Gloucester County Online, one of them was sobbing as Judge passed.
He was then taken into a treatment room – and was put to sleep.
Judge’s work aided in the arrest of 152 people, the seizure of three vehicles, the removal of three handguns from the streets, drug seizures, and the confiscation of more than $47,000 in cash, said police.
He was recruited in 2007 and was a key fixture in the department until he was forced to retire in 2013 because of issues with his teeth.
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