First military K-9 to join NYPD dies of cancer

The K-9 was euthanized Feb. 14, but not before fellow officers and police dogs gave him a final salute

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK  — The first military service dog to join the NYPD passed away after a long life of service.

Caesar, a German Shepherd, was euthanized Feb. 14 after fighting cancer, but not before his fellow cops and K-9s gave him a final salute, the New York Daily News reports. 

The K-9’s handler, Officer Juan Rodriguez, walked Caesar down a line of officers and dogs throughout the streets of New York before ending his service.

Caesar joined the NYPD in 2014 after three tours to Afghanistan in the Army.


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