WEYMOUTH (CBS) – The body of Braintree Police K-9 Kitt, who was killed last week while officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect, remains at a Weymouth animal hospital until the dog’s handler is discharged from the hospital where he is being treated.

Kitt’s handler, Officer Bill Cushing, is expected to be released any day now following a Friday incident that also left fellow Officer Matthew Donoghue hurt and the suspect, Andrew Homen, dead.

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Police stand watch outside the animal hospital in Weymouth where K-9 Kitt’s remains are being held. (WBZ-TV)

Donoghue was released from the hospital on Saturday.

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Cushing is expected to be discharged this week, and at that point there will be a memorial service for Kitt.

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K9 officer Kitt (Photo credit: Braintree police)

Until then, K-9 officers from around the South Shore have been taking turns standing watch outside the VCA South Shore Weymouth Animal Hospital, where Kitt’s remains are being kept.

CBSBoston.com Staff