Plymouth Police Pay Respects to Canine Colleague as He's Laid to Rest

Plymouth Police Pay Respects to Canine Colleague as He's Laid to Rest
Jamie LeBretton and Kaiser
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06/02/2013 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Plymouth, Mass. officers lined the sidewalks Friday to bid farewell – and pay their respects – to their beloved police dog Kaiser as handler Jamie LeBretton walked his four-legged sidekick past the saluting crowd and into Court Street Animal Hospital.

The solemn sendoff came following Wednesday's announcement that Kaiser would be retiring from the force – and ultimately laid to rest to end his suffering after his recent diagnosis of severe liver and kidney disease.

"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," LeBretton wrote on Facebook Friday, sharing a photo of his devoted dog.

"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."
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Kaiser

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LeBretton also took time to acknowledge his fellow "boys in blue" for their show of support during the difficult and "heart-wrenching" day.

"Never in my career have I ever been so proud. You outdid yourselves today. I could not have asked for a better send-off," he says. "Kaiser truly was part of the department and loved being a police dog."

He continues, "My fellow K-9 handlers, you are a cut above and showed everyone what being a handler is all about ... our pups."

The 2½-year-old German Shepard was partnered with LeBretton in September 2011, after his protective personality led a local family to donate the dog to the force. "Kaiser taught me more about myself and my profession than I could have ever taught him," LeBretton says.

"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. Although his career was short-lived, he made a huge impact that will never be forgotten."

Plymouth Police Pay Respects to Canine Colleague as He's Laid to Rest| Hero Pets, Real People Stories

Kaiser is saluted as he walks into the animal hospital

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Donations to the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation may be made in honor of Kaiser by clicking here.

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