A retired Hamden police K9 has passed away at the age of 14 years old.
The dog, Cesare, served beside now-retired Officer John Battick from 2003 to 2012.
In a Facebook post, Hamden police said a highlight of Cesare's career was in 2007 when he helped with a drug investigation that led to the seizure of 13 kilograms of heroin.
“I was deeply saddened when I received the news today that K-9 Cesare had passed. K-9 Cesare served a proud and distinguished career with the Hamden Police Department and will be greatly missed by everyone in the community. K-9 Cesare was a loyal and fearless partner that was always willing to go into harm’s way, so that a human officer could remain safe. I’m proud and thankful to have served alongside him.” Lieutenant Frank McDermott, Supervisor K-9 Unit.
Sad to announce retired HPD K-9 Cesar passed away at 14.Served HPD loyally beside Ret Off John Battick from 03-12. pic.twitter.com/H6FWRa6ZyH— HAMDEN POLICE - CT (@HAMDENPOLICECT) May 23, 2016
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