Retired police dog Judge received a hero’s farewell last week on his final walk.
Dozens of police officers, police dogs and their handlers lined up outside the Swedesboro Animal Hospital ST. Francis Veterinary Clinic to pay their respects.
Judge, a nine-year-old German Shepherd, was on his way to the clinic to be put down after a medical decision was made that he was suffering to much from an illness called The Cushings Disease.
The condition had enlarged Judge’s liver, crowding the dog’s stomach making it impossible for him to eat.
Judge was in so much distress that it was unsure whether he could walk on his own into the veterinary clinic.
But Judge’s handler Cpl. Mike Frank, seen in the picture above, said he knew that his dog would be able to do it once he’d taken a bite grip on the training sleeve.
That sleeve is like a toy or a reward for Judge. According to the Gloucester County Online , several K-9 officers smiled and remarked they knew Judge would be strong enough to walk in.
Inside the veterinary clinic, staff and technicians also lined up to show their respect.
K-9 Judge was deployed over 280 times in situations involving areas such as drug detection, tracking, and apprehension of suspects.
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.