A beloved K-9 diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer took his final ride in a Massachusetts town Thursday before dozens of cheering residents.
Police personnel escorted K-9 Bruin through the town of Saugus, a small Essex County town in the Greater Boston area, for his last duty before he’s put down.
“K9 Bruin loved patrolling the streets of Saugus and department personnel are honored to provide him with one final ride by his favorite spots,” the department wrote on Facebook.
“Unfortunately over the past few days, his condition has worsened,” the statement said. “Our beloved K9 Bruin is in far too much pain and discomfort from this aggressive disease.”
Videos posted on Twitter by local media show dozens of people, including many children, waving their final goodbyes to the dog.
Bruins patrolled the town for at least a year. His handler was Officer Tim Fawcett.
“The Saugus Police Community is forever thankful for the outreach and support that you’ve shown K9 Bruin and the Fawcett Family over the past week,” the department said. “We keep the Fawcett family in our thoughts and prayers over the next few days.”