Lebanon police dog receives final salute after cancer death
December 11. 2017 8:42PM
LEBANON — A police dog who served the police department for 10 years was euthanized Monday after losing a long battle with cancer.
“This past year, K9 Max had several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors from his body,” police said in a news release. “Despite his cancer diagnosis and ongoing treatment, K9 Max continued to work along with officer Jeremy Perkins and they were an effective team until the very end.”
Police said the Belgian Malinois was responsible “for countless drug seizures, apprehensions and rescues.”
Lebanon’s police K9 teams train at the Vermont Police Academy and on several occasions, Perkins and Max were awarded the Vermont Police K9 Patrol Team of the Year award, police said.
“K9 Max spent his last day on patrol with his handler doing his duty, as he did for the last ten years,” the news release said. “At approximately 1 p.m., K9 Max and Officer Perkins arrived at the Stonecliff Animal Hospital where K9 Max entered the facility through a receiving line of police officers rendering a salute.