Saying goodbye – a special tribute

When Kaiser, a two-year old German Shepherd member of the Plymouth, Massachusetts Police Department, was struck suddenly by severe kidney disease, it was decided to end his suffering.

On Friday, members of the Department gathered to give Kaiser a final salute as he entered the vet’s office.

photo courtesy of the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation

photo courtesy of the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation

Officer Jamie Lebretton, Kaiser’s handler, told followers on the Foundation’s Facebook page that  I feel privileged to have had a front row seat to witness his bravery and heroic actions while serving the people of Plymouth and my brothers and sisters in blue.  Out of love and respect for Kaiser, and with the input from our excellent vet, trainer, and family, I have made the heart wrenching decision to end Kaiser’s suffering. ‘

Kaiser was laid to rest at the Angel View Pet Cemetery in Middleborough.  He joined the police dog squad at the age of 5 months in 2011 and is gone too soon.

The care and love shown for Kaiser is just another story of so many – stand up and be proud that we love and bond with our dogs!

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