PLYMOUTH (CBS) — Plymouth Police gathered Friday to say goodbye to their friend and K-9 partner German Shepherd Kaiser.
On Wednesday, the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation announced that Kaiser was suffering from kidney failure and would be laid to rest on Friday.
“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,” Officer Jamie Lebretton wrote on the foundation’s Facebook page.
Kaiser joined the force in 2011 after being donated to the police department by a local family. He worked primarily with Officer Lebretton.
Shortly before noon, officers gathered outside the Court Street Animal Hospital to salute Kaiser one last time.
He was laid to rest in the Angel View Pet Cemetery in Middleboro.
Afterward, Lebretton posted the following to his friend and partner 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.”