PLYMOUTH – With heavy heart and deep regret, local police announced the sudden retirement of K-9 Felix from the department Thursday.
The 4-year-old black German shepherd recently fell severely ill and was diagnosed with an aggressive, untreatable and terminal form of cancer.
“K-9 Felix has served the town of Plymouth with honor and courage in the apprehension of numerous violent criminals as well as locating missing children and evidence,” the department said in a statement.
K-9 Felix joined the department in 2017 and was assigned to Officer Keith Larson in the patrol division. His last tour of duty will be Friday, when he will be laid to rest at 2:30 p.m. at the Court Street Animal Hospital at 136 Court St. Local police will honor Felix’ service with an honor guard as Larson escorts him to the animal hospital.
Immediately following, K-9 Felix will be taken to Angel View Crematory and Cemetery in Middleborough by police procession. The public is invited to attend.
Larson started training with Felix two years ago. They hit the streets as a team in July 2017.
“He was a great partner, a great motivated working police dog. We’re going to miss him dearly,” Larson said.