Dogs have these overprotective and natural protector skills within them. However, police dogs are a different and unique kind of dogs that aid the law enforcement people in their line of duties. This type of dog is definitely a blessing in disguise for our police officers. Police dogs are a big help in suspect apprehension, biting suspects to prevent them from escaping the consequences of their deeds. Police dogs are also very good bomb and crime detectors. They are also the best companion in search operations. Most of the time, they even put their lives at risk without any second thoughts.
However, a police dog’s service also comes to an end. Their last moments are celebrated and honored, even better than the domesticated dogs we have as pets back home. Reporters and journalists at WTNH News8 got all teary-eyed at delivering the news about Zeus, a K-9 officer of the Ridgefield Police Department, being put down after nine years of his loyal service to the police officers and the citizens. The retired K-9 officer was given the proper final salute by the state police while he was being wheeled out by his officer partner, Shawn Murray, out of the squad car.
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Zeus was filmed taking his last squad car on the way to the Ridgefield Veterinary Hospital, where he would spend his final moments. Chief John Roche told the WTNH News8 that Zeus had a degenerative hip disorder, which made it hard for the loyal police dog to continue giving service and living, in the long run.
Zeus’ life was full of public service. He assisted the police in a lot of suspect apprehensions and arrests. It was also reported that he helped in locating six people from life-threatening events. The Ridgefield Police Department gave him a tribute on their Facebook page as well.
Wherever Zeus is now, we hope that he is already living in peace because he definitely deserved it! Thank you, officer Zeus!