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Veteran New Jersey K-9 Saluted by Officers as He Takes Last Steps

February 24, 2015  | 

Dozens of police officers, K-9 officers with their dogs and medical staff lined up outside the Swedesboro Animal Hospital St. Francis Veterinary Clinic to say goodbye to Judge last Friday. (Photo: Twitter)
Dozens of police officers, K-9 officers with their dogs and medical staff lined up outside the Swedesboro Animal Hospital St. Francis Veterinary Clinic to say goodbye to Judge last Friday. (Photo: Twitter)

The West Deptford (N.J.) Police Department gave a ceremonial hero's farewell to its retired K-9 dog Judge, who was put down down due to unbearable medical complications.

Dozens of police officers, K-9 officers with their dogs and medical staff lined up outside the Swedesboro Animal Hospital St. Francis Veterinary Clinic to say goodbye to Judge last Friday.

"Judge and I had such overwhelming and positive support that day," West Deptford Police Cpl. Michael Franks told ABC News Monday. "Though Judge was extremely lethargic and could barely walk the days before the ceremony, he was able to bite onto his favorite protective decoy arm sleeve used in training and carry it into the hospital."

Franks and Judge's vet made the decision to lay Judge to rest because he was suffering so much due to complications stemming from Cushings Disease, which he developed last year, Franks said.

Thanks to Judge's "fearless service," 152 suspects were arrested for criminal offenses, three motor vehicles and countless drugs were seized, three handguns were taken off of the streets and over $47,000 was recovered from people involved in illegal activity," the West Deptford Police Department wrote on Facebook.

"It is with great sadness that the West Deptford Police Department says goodbye to K-9 Judge today," the department wrote. "He was a true asset to our department and will be forever missed. RIP Judge, gone but never forgotten."


Comments (12)

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kevCopAz @ 2/24/2015 3:31 PM

Good Dog!

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 2/24/2015 4:46 PM

Rest in peace Judge knowing that you caught a lot of bad guys and recovered a whole lot of contraband drugs. Godspeed as you run the streets of gold with my Tanja.

bob retired leo @ 2/24/2015 10:10 PM

RIP JUDGE>.

XXXXX @ 2/25/2015 5:36 AM

Thank you for your service Judge. Awesome record, thank you for taking the SB's off the street.

Dan Paidousis @ 2/25/2015 7:01 AM

RIP JUDGE, cross that rainbow bridge and enjoy yourself. Job well done.

Kathy Sylvester @ 2/25/2015 8:23 AM

No more pain.... That is what makes this goodbye bearable! If some people would only have part of your devotion and openness of heart! St. Francis has trusted Judge right by His side!

Jon Retired LEO @ 2/25/2015 10:54 AM

Rest in Peace judge. My heartfelt sympathy to your handler and your department that you served so faithfully!

Charles Jastre @ 2/25/2015 12:39 PM

Thank you all for your compassion, love, and professionalism. After a life spent in law enforcement, civilian and military, these treasured bonds that we share are such a privilege and honor. If only everyone could understand our love for and dedication to our sacred duty and tradition to serve and protect.

Charles Jastre @ 2/25/2015 12:41 PM

HCSO, Maj MP, USA ret
Thank you all for your compassion, love, and professionalism. After a life spent in law enforcement, civilian and military, these treasured bonds that we share are such a privilege and honor. If only everyone could understand our love for and dedication to our sacred duty and tradition to serve and protect.

Mickey R @ 2/27/2015 9:18 AM

RIP Judge and Thank you for your service. Give my dogs, Sinbad, Skylar and NoTar a sniff for me.

W.T.PARKS @ 2/27/2015 9:21 AM

MAY JUDGE RIP AFTER A JOB WELL DONE. MAY CPL. FRANKS BE AT PEACE KNOWING HE HAD A TRUE FRIEND AND DEVOTED PARTNER IN JUDGE. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!!

Tom Reinhart, Jr. @ 3/28/2015 3:44 PM

My heart aches. I hope that god has a special place in Heaven for our loyal animals. Rest peacefully Judge, and thank you and your handler both for your services to the rest of us. Both of you make our communities safer.

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