The time has come for a very sick and old K-9 dog to leave this world but not before police officers from South Portland, Maine, paid their last respects.
Sultan, a K-9 officer suffering from seizures and arthritis, was the first police dog to work with the Yarmouth Police Department, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Officer Mike Vogel brought the dog to the department after proposing to start a K-9 unit.
“He’s such a proud dog, always watching,” Vogel told the Portland Press Herald.
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According to the newspaper, Vogel and Sultan together answered over 1,000 calls, captured dozens of suspects, undisclosed amount of cash, and more than 100 pounds of narcotics.
Sultan had been part of the Yarmouth, Maine Police Department for 9 years before retiring from duty at the age of 10 in 2012, when Vogel was offered a job in Florida.
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Liftbump notes that the dog was taken in by South Portland Officer Shane Stephenson and his family, where he was able to enjoy two and a half years of retirement.
Unfortunately, Sultan’s health deteriorated with old age and the police departments of south Maine made sure their beloved K-9 received a final salute he deserved. What happens next is incredibly touching.
Sultan and Stephenson were escorted by members of the State Police, the Yarmouth Police, and ten other local police, law enforcement, and rescue departments to the veterinarian’s office where they lined the walkway to the door for a final farewell.
“It was an extremely emotional time, but it was an honor to provide the detail to such a valued member of our department,” the Department said via Facebook, making its last tribute to Sultan worthy of a valued officer.
“Good boy Sultan,” they wrote. “It was our honor to work with you.”