A beloved police K9, who served with the Town of West Hartford Police Department in Connecticut, was given one final ride in a patrol cruiser before being taken to a veterinarian to be humanely euthanized just days ago. The 14-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd, named “Reign,” had served with the department for six years before retiring from his duties in 2012.
The senior dog was freed from his failing body on Wednesday night. The Town of West Hartford Police Department notified Facebook followers of the dog’s passing this week:
It’s with a heavy heart that WHPD announces the passing of K9 Reign, he was 14.5 years old. K9 Reign and his partner Detective Rosario Savastra spent many years together serving the community, by patrolling, tracking, narcotics detection, and educating our youth and citizens about public safety. K9 Reign was an asset to our department and we honor him today and thank him for his service. Our thoughts are with Det. Savastra and his family.
Detective Rosario Savastra had been partnered with Reign – he told People, about the dedication and work ethic of the police dog:
The best way I can describe it is that Reign was everything. At work, he was a serious, hardcore, high drive, professional athlete who was focused and excelled at any task thrown his way.”
Click here to watch a video of K9 Reign.
Rest easy Reign.
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