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Police Dog Receives Final Guard Of Honour From Officers On His Way To Be Put Down

Judge the German shepherd helped make over 150 arrests during his long and distinguished career.

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Police officers in Woolwich Township, New Jersey, lined the streets to pay tribute and say goodbye to veteran police dog Judge on Friday.

Corporal Michael Franks took the heartbreaking decision to put the 9-year-old German shepherd down after watching his health deteriorate.Gloucester County Online reported that Judge and Franks had worked together since 2007 and that the former was deployed over 280 times, helping arrest 152 people.
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Corporal Michael Franks took the heartbreaking decision to put the 9-year-old German shepherd down after watching his health deteriorate.

Gloucester County Online reported that Judge and Franks had worked together since 2007 and that the former was deployed over 280 times, helping arrest 152 people.

On their way to Swedesboro Animal Hospital, Franks and Judge were met by almost 100 people paying their respects.

Judge had been battling Cushing's disease.
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Judge had been battling Cushing's disease.

West Deptford deputy chief Sean McKenna told nj.com that Judge "had gone under surgery, and was taking medication for the disease, but it quickly deteriorated, unfortunately".

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“The doctors gave him several months to live," he added. "He hasn't been up in a few days. However, today, [Franks] gave Judge his last bite."

The “last bite” was a reference to the protective arm-sleeve officers wear when training police dogs.

Franks allowed Judge to grab the sleeve one final time on Friday, and the dog was still carrying it in his mouth as he made his final trip to Swedesboro Animal Hospital.
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Franks allowed Judge to grab the sleeve one final time on Friday, and the dog was still carrying it in his mouth as he made his final trip to Swedesboro Animal Hospital.

Judge was forced to retire in 2013 due to issues with his teeth.

He became ill last June and was later diagnosed with Cushing's disease. His medical bills began to soar and the West Deptford police department set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for them.In November, $12,000 (£7,800) was raised in a single day, and Judge underwent numerous treatments including being neutered after he was found to have testicular cancer.
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He became ill last June and was later diagnosed with Cushing's disease. His medical bills began to soar and the West Deptford police department set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for them.

In November, $12,000 (£7,800) was raised in a single day, and Judge underwent numerous treatments including being neutered after he was found to have testicular cancer.

Last week though, the Cushing's disease had become too advanced for Judge to cope with anymore, Gloucester County Online reported, and on Thursday the decision was taken to euthanise him.

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Vets and vet technicians also formed their own guard of honour for Judge as he entered the hospital.

As well as the numerous arrests, Judge helped confiscate more than $47,000 (£30,000) in cash and seize three vehicles and three handguns.

McKenna told nj.com: "It's great to see everyone and all the departments out here – the K-9 Association has been very supportive with everything we need."Judge was a great dog, a really good dog."
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McKenna told nj.com: "It's great to see everyone and all the departments out here – the K-9 Association has been very supportive with everything we need.

"Judge was a great dog, a really good dog."

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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