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Police salute K9 at emotional end of watch ceremony

Middletown, Conn., officers salute as Officer Michael D’Aresta carries his K9 partner, Hunter, to a veterinary office to be euthanized Friday after being diagnosed with aggressive liver cancer.
Middletown, Conn., officers salute as Officer Michael D’Aresta carries his K9 partner, Hunter, to a veterinary office to be euthanized Friday after being diagnosed with aggressive liver cancer. Middletown Police Department

An emotional photo of a Middletown, Conn., police officer carrying his K9 partner to his final veterinary visit as fellow officers salute has gone viral.

Hunter, a Middletown Police Department K9, had been diagnosed with aggressive liver cancer after falling ill a few days earlier. Officer Michael D’Aresta carried his partner in his arms to a veterinary office for euthanization Friday evening as fellow officers turned out to salute them.

Officer Michael D'Aresta unfortunately has to make the toughest decision any K9 handler dreads making this evening at...

Posted by Middletown Police Department -Connecticut on Friday, September 1, 2017

D’Aresta and Hunter had been partners on the Middletown police force since 2007. The police department’s Facebook post has been shared more than 1,000 times and has 4,500 likes.

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