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Plymouth officers mourn loss of police dog

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PLYMOUTH, Mass. ( -- Those who have suffered the loss of a pet often describe it as if they lost a member of the family. For a Plymouth police officer, losing his dog meant losing his partner.

Kaiser, a member of Plymouth's K-9 team, was recently diagnosed with a severe kidney disease, according to the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation's Facebook page. The dog was placed into retirement when the disease began to take a toll on him.

The officer in charge of Kaiser ultimately made what he calls the "heart-wrenching" decision to have the dog put down after seeking the advice of a veterinarian, trainer, and family members.

Kaiser was laid to rest Friday. Members of the Plymouth Police Department gathered to say goodbye to their friend and co-worker.

"Kaiser taught me more about myself and my profession than I could have ever taught him," the dog's partner wrote on Facebook. "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."

To learn more about the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation, click here.

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