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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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