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Retired police dog given final salute by officers on his way to be put down

Officers described Judge as “a valued member of the police department”.

A POLICE DOG was given a hero’s farewell by police officers in the US before being put down this week.

Judge – a 9-year-old German Shepard – had worked at West Deptford Police Department in New Jersey for 7 years.

He was deployed over 280 times in areas such as drug detection, tracking and apprehension of suspects.

He had to retire in August 2013 when his health deteriorated.

The police department have posted on its Facebook page:

It is with great sadness that the West Deptford Police Department says goodbye to K-9 Judge today. He was a valued member of the police department, and his work on the street and in the community was second to none.

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“His positive impact was evident this morning, when officers and K-9 units from all around southern New Jersey came out to pay tribute to this exceptional dog.

Because of K-9 Judge’s fearless service, 152 suspects were arrested for criminal offenses, 3 motor vehicles were seized, 3 handguns were taken off of the streets, countless amounts of drugs were seized, and over $47,000 is currency were taken from people involved in illegal activity.

“He was a true asset to our department and will be forever missed. RIP Judge, gone but never forgotten!”

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