03/20/2012

Ailing hero K-9 gets NJ police salute before death

Officers and their K-9s gave the cancer-stricken Rosko a full salute as he arrived to be euthanized

Associated Press

LINWOOD, N.J. — Ailing Rosko the K-9 got a farewell befitting a police dog who once captured a man who shot two policemen.

Officers and their K-9s from a dozen southern New Jersey departments gave the cancer-stricken Rosko a full salute Monday as he arrived at a veterinary hospital in Linwood to be euthanized.

Before being taken to the hospital, The Press of Atlantic City reports the 8-year-old did one last round of exercises at Atlantic County K9 academy with his partner, Atlantic City Officer Joe Rodriquez.

In 2006 Rosko captured a man who fled into the woods after shooting two Egg Harbor Township officers.

A week ago the K-9's illness began affecting his eating habits and mobility so a decision was made to put him down.

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Photos of Rosko, officers and the salute can be viewed here.

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