Photo of K-9 Kaiser on his ‘final journey’ [Photo]

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Credit: Old Colony Memorial (Facebook) and Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation

Photo credit: Old Colony Memorial (Facebook) and Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation.

A photo of K-9 Kaiser on his final journey went viral after the photo was posted to Facebook and then shared on Reddit.

Kaiser was a K-9 with the Plymouth, Mass. Police Department. Kaiser was recently diagnosed with kidney disease and his health was declining rapidly, his handler Ptl. Jamie Lebretton posted on Facebook.

“Kaiser battled this disease with vigor and toughness like I have never seen before,” Lebretton said.

Dozens of officers were on hand to salute Kaiser during his final journey. Ptl. Jamie Lebretton posted this message on the Plymouth Massachusetts Police Working Dog Foundation Facebook page:

Ptl. Jamie Lebretton & K-9 Kaiser - Credit: Plymouth Police Dept.

Ptl. Jamie Lebretton & K-9 Kaiser – Credit: Plymouth Police Dept.

“It is with deep regret and sorrow that I announce the retirement of my partner K-9 Kaiser. Kaiser was recently 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. Although, as of late, the disease has taken the upper hand forcing him out of his craft and ultimately out of this world. 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. Although his career was short lived, he made a huge impact that will never be forgotten. Kaiser loved being a Police Dog and I will miss him dearly. 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’s handler later posted this message on Facebook:

“RIP my boy. I could not have asked for a better partner or friend. May you rest easy and wait for me at that sacred bridge. I will be there my friend. I will be there. I will never forget you or our accomplishments. You made me a better person, a better handler, and a better cop. Till we meet again kai. I love you and will miss you daily.

…And to my boys and blue. Never in my career have i ever been so proud. You out did yourselves today. I could not have asked for a better send off. Kaiser truly was part of the department and loved being a police dog. My fellow K-9 handlers, you are a cut above and showed everyone what being a handler is all about…our pups. I thank each of you and you have my respect forever.

Kenny Ballinger and Marc Higgins, thank you for being there for my family and i as we weathered the storm. It was difficult, but i gained strength through you.

Lastly, to all of you who sent your regards over the past few days…I thank you. I read every single post and listened to every message. Kaiser served you well and the streets of Plymouth were safer when he was on patrol. The compassion was overwhelming and i am humbled at the support from perfect strangers.

God Bless you all.”

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