WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Police officers in New Jersey said their final goodbyes as they lined the walkway for a former police dog Friday, according to The South Jersey Times.
More than 90 police officers and their police dogs from New Jersey gathered to line the streets leading to St. Francis Veterinary Center in Woolwich Township, according to the article. The crowd of officers and police dogs created a path for Cpl. Michael Franks to drive his police dog, Judge, to the vet and walk him in the front doors for the final time.
Judge took “his last bite” and carried his favorite toy, a protective arm sleeve, on his walk into the vet, according to The South Jersey Times.
Once inside the veterinary center, Judge was greeted by the veterinary center’s staff in a line, according to the article.
“It’s about showing respect, but also the people who are here wanted to thank Judge for his service to the community,” Glassboro Sgt. Dan Eliasen told The South Jersey Times. “No one has forgotten what he’s done — and that includes protecting his partner and his community.”
Judge is a 9-year-old Czech German shepherd who served seven years as a police dog.
Judge was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease last year after being forced to retire in August 2014, according to the article. The disease can cause hair loss, vomiting, weakness and bloating.
“(Judge) had gone under surgery, and was taking medication for the disease, but it quickly deteriorated, unfortunately,” West Deptford Deputy Chief Sean McKenna told The South Jersey Times.
According to the article, Franks decision to put down Judge came after the K-9 quit eating and walking.
During his career, Judge was deployed 280 times and helped catch 152 suspects, according to the article. Judge also helped find more than $47,000 in alleged drug money and find three cars and three handguns.
“It’s great to see everyone and all the departments out here — the K-9 Association has been very supportive with everything we need,” McKenna told The South Jersey Times. “Judge was a great dog, a really good dog.”