Police officers salute Kaiser before dog’s laid to rest

Police officers salute Kaiser. Credit: Facebook/Old Colony Memorial
Police officers salute Kaiser.
Credit: Facebook/Old Colony Memorial

Kaiser, a 2-year-old German Shepherd who had severe kidney disease said his final goodbye to the Plymouth Police Department on Friday.

Kaiser was euthanized at the Court Street Animal Hospital in Plymouth, Mass. Officers of the police department lined up to salute Kaiser as he made his final journey.

According to an announcement on the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation’s Facebook page by Kaiser’s main handler, Officer Jamie LeBretton, Kaiser was diagnosed with severe kidney disease/failure “leaving his health to decline rapidly.”

“Kaiser battled this disease with vigor and toughness like I have never seen before,” Officer LeBretton wrote. “Kaiser taught me more about myself and my profession than I could have ever taught him. 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.”

He was later buried at the Angel View Pet Cemetery in Middleboro, Mass., according to CBS Boston.

“RIP my boy. I could not have asked for a better partner or friend. May you rest easy and wait for me at the sacred bridge,” Officer Lebretton, Kaiser’s main handler wrote in the Facebook post.

Kaiser was donated to the police department in March of 2011. He was just 5 months old at the time.

Kaiser started training with Officer LeBretton in September 2011. The two graduated from K9 Patrol Academy together, according to the local Plymouth Patch.

According to reports, Kaiser was for criminal pursuit and apprehension, crowd control and disbursement, open area/Building searches and search for evident/article recovery.

Members of the Plymouth community paid their respects to Kaiser on social media.

“Warm thoughts to Kaiser and his handler. Losing a furbaby is so hard, even more so when that furbaby is extra smart and willing to give his life for his partner,” wrote Susan Yajko Morton on Facebook.

Another comment read, “So sorry Jamie, toughest decision in the world. Take comfort in the time you had together and knowing you did all you could for Kaiser, as well as making his transition to a better place comfortable. ‘til you two are together again … “

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