Skip to comments.Last Ride for Police Dog Before Being Put Down
Posted on 01/05/2012 7:18:00 PM PST by matt04
Police officers consider K-9 partners members of the force.
So it was with great sadness that the West Hartford Police Department learned one of its own, Kora, a police dog, was being put down Monday. The 11-year-old was retired over the summer, after serving in the Department since 2003 with her handler, Officer Eric Rocheleau, according to Lt. David Dubiel.
Kora had developed cancerous tumors common with old age, and had to be euthanized Monday, Dubiel said. But Kora got one last chance at being a police dog.
Rocheleau took Kora to the vet Monday, and after some tests, was told the best thing for the dog was to put her down. Before that happened, the officers at the West Hartford Police Department agreed to take Kora for a final ride in a police cruiser.
"I was met at the vet with my old cruiser, and we were able to give Kora one last ride in her old car," Rocheleau told the Hartford Courant. "Both K-9 handlers, the K-9 unit supervisor, the sergeant on duty and animal control were there to give me support."
Kora also spent one last day at the police department, to give all of the officers a chance to say goodbye.
In her 9 years of service, Kora was responsible for uncovering 205 pounds of marijuana, 458 bags of heroin, 41 grams of cocaine, and 117 arrests. Rocheleau and Kora received a statewide award for their service in 2005.
Me, too. Good dog.
Your Bowser is the spittin image of my Bonkers.
It’s even more special when a dog adopts you. When we moved in a new neighborhood, everybody knew him but nobody owned him. He went from house to house for scraps, but he stayed with me.
I could never tie up that free spirit of his. Had to get him from the pound a dozen times. He was always waiting for me to come home for our beach run. He wouldn’t get near the water, but would watch me every minute as I swam along the beach on Hawaii’s North Shore. Always wondered what he’d do if I was drowning.
Cried all night when I had to put him down ( cancer ) and bury him on his home turf - the beach - where he roamed until he decided I was good enough for him.
Never had a higher honor. Miss you buddy.
Is 11 “old” for an Alsatian? One my Shih Tzus was almost 20 when I had to put her down last year.
Thank you and I pray that will happen with our little girl.
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But someone unexpectedly dumped another dog on me at Thanksgiving. She's a puppy, some extremely tiny mixed-breed thing, sleek and beautiful, only five pounds. She has me completely wrapped around her little toe. Poor loving little thing was emaciated and abused, so I've spent the past month feeding her and reassuring her. How anyone could abuse a puppy that size--or any size--is inconceivable. I want to find them and abuse them.
It does hurt a lot. I had to put down four German Shepherds in the past three years and none of them overlapped each other. Three had previous health issues, the fourth was totally unexpected. I was at least able to do a final walk before the fourth was put to sleep.
Yes, it is. 12 is about the max. Some of course manage a bit longer. My opinion is if you’re past 10, you’re living on borrowed time.
My beloved previous GS fell apart suddenly at 11 and had to be put down. My sister’s GS also died either 11 or 12 (we babysat him his last week when they went away, with my young GS in residence too).
You have my prayers a year and ahalf ago we lost a mix breed we had for 16 years to cancer. The vet said very traumatic I should go in the waiting room. I left the room, turned around and went back in, I held her head in my hands looked in her face and talked to her until she passed. I did not want her to be alone. They are like our children because they give love and affection so unconditional. I pray yours is one of those wonderful success stories and your puppy is with you for many more yeas.
Those guys must be very sad.
I want YOUR dog!!
Thanks for the reply.
I was told once that smaller dogs generally have a longer life span than larger breeds, although even my vet had never seen a 19 year old Shih Tzu, but never went into the details.
10 years is not long...
Thanks for that, it’s on it’s way to my dog-loving friends.
I like all dogs, but....
German Shepherds rate #1 in my life.
I’ve often wondered if part of God’s plan is for us to be reunited with our critters we’ve loved and cared for. Some say no, some say yes. I sure hope so!
I have had to put down a few dogs and I think of them often, it is always difficult.
Thanks for cheering up an otherwise sad thread! ;^)
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