N.J. Police Say Their Last Goodbye To Veteran K9 As He Is Put Down
About one hundred police officers and their K-9s gathered in front on St. Francis Veterinary Center to say their last goodbye to a veteran 9-year-old German Shepherd before he was euthanized.
Cpl. Michael Franks took his partner and best friend Judge for their last walk together on Friday after watching him battle Cushings Disease for months and deciding to put an end to his suffering. Judge was in a lot of pain and could barely move, but he managed to find energy for one final walk.
While Franks was saying farewell to his best buddy in one of the patient rooms, West Depford Deputy Chief Sean McKenna pointed out that Franks gave Judge his last bite, referring to the department’s protective arm sleeve. Judge was still holding his favorite chewing toy in his mouth as he and his heartbroken handler walked into the hospital.
Glassboro Sgt. Dan Eliasen, who supervises his department’s K-9 division, said that the officers wanted to pay their last respects to the brave dog who served seven years before retiring in August 2014 due to health problems.
“It’s about showing respect, but also the people who are here wanted to thank Judge for his service to the community. No one has forgotten what he’s done — and that includes protecting his partner and his community. We all go through it. No handler escapes this part of it.”
During his career in the force, the heroic dog aided in the arrest of 152 suspects, helped recover three stolen vehicles and around $47,000 in alleged drug money.
Judge, you will be missed!