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.
I wish God had created dogs to live as long as people.
Had to put down my pug a month ago. I know these officers are hurting right now,
Very hard to put down any of my dog-friends.
Gee thanks no my eyes are water and red. Just tucked our German Shepard into bed with my daughter, just the thought breaks my heart. I know this cops have lost a loyal friend.
Gee thanks now my eyes are watery and red. Just tucked our German Shepard into bed with my daughter, just the thought breaks my heart. I know this cops have lost a loyal friend.
Dogs simply earn their place in heaven much quicker than most humans :-)
“The better I get to know some people, the more I love my dog.”
“Dogs simply earn their place in heaven much quicker than most humans :-)”
and their job is to be there waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge. I’ll have a whole pack of Germain Shorthairs waiting for me.....be a lot of waggy tails on that day!
“If you take a poor, sick, starving dog in. Feed him, heal him, and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” Mark Twain
Amen to that, my brother. Amen to that.
R.I.P. RHUBARB, Mar. 1999-Sept. 2010
“If you take a poor, sick, starving dog in. Feed him, heal him, and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference betweeen a dog and a man.” Mark Twain
U look normal....who knew?
Twilight zone, The Hunt.
One old man and a hound dog named Rip.
Great picture. Is that a Jack Russell? (sp)
mark twain never had a pit bull
Awww... I’m sorry, Viking2002. I’m sure you made her life very happy.
I’m so sorry, Grunthor. R.I.P. for your dear pug, too.
Awww... so sweet!
What a sweet face :(
Put him down? Why? Just leave him on the steps of the police station with no collar. I’m sure a dozen cops would come by in 5 minutes more than willing to shoot him.
On a serious note, I live Shepherds and love my big boy to death. Really great breed of dogs. There are no bad dogs, but I really love German Shepherds.
Bowser! Great name, for a great dog. I’ve heard nothing but neat stories about Jack Russels. My brother has had 4 and the newest puppy is something else. He’s a digger and caved a dirt bank in on himself. We were there and scooped the dirt away.
Fine looking Mutt.
Yes it hurts....i’ve had to put down 4 dogs in my lifetime, but it’s a blessing that we can give them this small gift in return for the years of love, devotion, and pure joy that they gave us.
My condolences. What a heartbreaker anytime, but especially at Christmas. God bless you and your precious pet.
Unless the animal is in pain or having a hard time, I don’t put them down. Very sad. God bless this great dog and the family.
In this current world, it’s probably for the dogs’ sakes that they don’t live that long. They’d be wondering after awhile why they were supposed to like us so much, if they lived too long.
Now, after we’re made perfect by God and the animals come back, that’s going to be a far better time for all of us.
Personally I think they should’ve adopted her out to a family that’d go for the latest chemo and surgery treatments. They don’t aim to cure but they aim to extend quality of life. She may have had 1-2 years, they have some really great drugs that work very well with a lot of animal cancers.
Selective breeding and science may be of considerable help with dog longevity, but not likely in our lifetimes.
Despite lots of videos of dogs that “talk”, it may actually be possible to evolve dogs enough so that they are able to communicate in a basic way.
That is, a smart dog can understand some 300 human words in context. One dog that was given intense training managed to distinguish 1,000 words. That is a very good level of “input”.
So what is needed is a genetic modification to their vocal area, so they might be able to enunciate perhaps a dozen words in context. This would be an incredible leap to real communication between people and dogs.
One possibility is found in a gene called FOXP2. Most mammals share it, but humans have a unique mutation of it that aids our speech in several ways.
While human FOXP2 has been experimentally transplanted into the DNA of a mouse, the question remains about what would happen if it was put into different breeds of dogs, especially those who already have some features conducive to speech.
Again, nothing too complicated. Perhaps with training they could learn to enunciate a dozen single vowel words, in context, enough so that a human can distinguish them.
Which raises the thought problem: if your dog could only speak 12 words, what words would you want them to be able to say?
One of my favorite episodes.
Oh, man. Great pics. He’s the best!
Oh matt saw that today and just so sad.
Our Westie, 12 yrs old, was diagnosed with Lymphoma last week. She is our best friend and loyal lover of all things, always.
We have selected chemotherapy to start next week, only because if don’t do something she is sure to die and we want to have tried to save her. It was and is a struggle on what to do and when and we have thought long, daily, and hard.
Just praying all the time that little dear one will be allowed to have a few more year’s.
God bless your precious soul Kora. I hope to meet you in Heaven one day.
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.
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