It is a sad day whenever a hero dog has to be put down.
An 11-year-old retired K-9 officer took his last ride in a squad car in a heartwarming farewell held by fellow officers and residents celebrating his time on the force.
Zeus, a German Shepherd, was honored in a grand procession in Connecticut on Wednesday before he was put down because of a severe degenerative hip disorder and declining health.
The tribute for the police dog, who worked with the Ridgefield Police Department for eight years as a K-9 officer, began around 4.45pm and ended at the Ridgefield Veterinary Hospital.
On Wednesday, ahead of the procession, the police department wrote an emotional message about Zeus on their Facebook.
‘Today is the day we have to say goodbye to our beloved K-9 Zeus,’ they wrote. ‘It is an extremely emotional day for all of us.
‘He was a fellow officer and friend. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with Zeus, Officer Murray and his family during this difficult time.’
During the grand procession, residents of Ridgefield lined the streets as they watched the cop cars drive by through the streets of the town.
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