A veteran K-9 was given a heartbreaking last tribute by devastated police officers and their dogs just before he was put down in a New Jersey hospital.
Judge, a nine-year-old German shepherd, was taken to Swedesboro Animal Hospital in Woolwich Township, New Jersey, on streets flanked by saluting canine policemen.
Judge’s handlers were unsure whether the K-9 would be strong enough to make it to the door after years of deteriorating health problems. But he managed to gather enough energy for one final walk. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. K-9 cops with their canine companions salute as the car carrying Judge arrives outside said St. Francis Veterinary Hospital in South Jersey.
2. Officers knew the nine-year-old would be able to walk inside when he bit down on his favorite toy — which is used during canine training.
Vets surprised the West Deptford Police department by lining up inside their clinic. Gloucester County Online reports that one of them was sobbing as the dog passed.
The K-9 was then taken into a treatment room where he was put to sleep.
Judge’s service helped 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, according to the police.
His service began in 2007 and the K-9 was a key fixture in the police department until he was forced to retire in 2013 because of issues with his teeth.
3. Judge, with his teeth embedded in the sleeve, was forced to retire in August 2013.
4. Vets and technicians surprised the police department by lining up inside the hospital.
However, last June Judge’s health started to deteriorate — he was suffering from vomiting, hair loss and bloating.
Judge was taken to a vet, who found several large masses on his body. The officers then made the difficult decision to end his life.
More than $13,000 was raised in donations in just one day to help pay for Judge’s medical bills last year, but it was not enough to save him.
5. The dog was deployed 208 times and played a key part in 152 arrests.
6. Retired police dog gets a much needed helping hand — a WTXF report.
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