Heartbreaking Photo Shows Agency Saying Goodbye To K9 Officer

Heartbreaking Photo Shows Agency Saying Goodbye To K9 Officer

An emotional photo of a Connecticut police department saying goodbye to a K9 officer is pulling on hearts across the country.

Officer Michael D’Aresta’s K9 partner, Hunter, had been ill for the past several days.

ABC11 reports that tests revealed that Hunter had an aggressive form of liver cancer, and the veterinarian’s recommendation was that he be euthanized.

So Friday afternoon, officers with the Middletown Police Department lined up to pay their respects to Hunter, and offer support to his handler, Officer D’Aresta, as he carried Hunter into the veterinarian’s office to be put down.

As his brothers and sisters in blue saluted his partner, Officer D’Aresta held Hunter close.

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  1. Greg Smith

    RIP Hero Dog. Thanks for your service. Prayers and sympathies for Officer D’Aresta and those effected.

  2. Mary Ann C Golden

    It makes me too sad.God bless all you who care for those k9.s and officers!!

  3. Sue Rawson

    breaks my heart… so sorry for your loss…

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