K9 officer honored in processional before being put to sleep

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • A Muskogee K9 officer is being put to sleep
  • He received a full escort from his home to the veterinarian.
  • He rode with the officer he retired with
  • WATCH FOX23 Jackie DelPilar's full report above.

A retired Muskogee K9 officer received a hero's treatment on his final journey Thursday.

Bosco joined the Muskogee Police Department in 2009 as a dual-purpose patrol dog.

Bosco helped track down hundreds of suspects and assisted in thousands of drug arrests.

A retired K9 officer receives a hero's procession to the vet where he will be put to sleep.

Posted by FOX23 News on Thursday, April 20, 2017

The officer was good at his job; He and his handler, Lt. William Peters, won the 2013 state K9 team of the year.

Bosco retired in 2014.

Peters told FOX23 the dog's hips had gone out, and he struggled to walk because of his age.

The decision was made to put Bosco down. Thursday, the department, special vehicles, police officers and citizens joined in a processional escorting Bosco to the veterinarian's office.

Peters said Bosco was a great dog and part of his family.

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