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Final goodbye said to Pittsfield K9

May 23, 2018 12:18 PM

PITTSFIELD -- Officers came from all over the area to the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital on West Housatonic Street. They lined up outside the entrance to say goodbye to K9 "Ciro," as his family led him inside to be put to sleep.

The 13-year-old German Shepherd suffered from an aggressive form of stomach cancer.

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In a show of support and solidarity, officers saluted as his emotional family, including his partner -- Detective James Losaw, walked in.   

Ciro served for 11 years. He was a narcotics and patrol dog. He retired last year as the department's longest-serving K9.

"We work with them eight hours a day. We go home with them, we care for them, so they become part of our family," said Sergeant James Parise. "When something like this happens, it not only affects the handler, but it affects the whole K9 community as well.  That's why you see such a great turnout here today."

After they said goodbye, his family came out and met with everyone who had gathered here for this emotional send-off.

"It's not only a loss to the K9 community, but to the department as a whole," said Captain Mark Trapani. "And actually, with the amount of times that the K9s are in the schools, I think the community as well feels the loss."

A grieving Losaw shared a story of how Ciro saved his life.  They responded to a home invasion and found a man with a gun.  The suspect tried to fire and the gun jammed, just as Ciro took him down.

Ciro loved the water, and on his last day, his family took him to the lake for one last swim.

"They become part of the family," said Sergeant Parise.  "We work with them.  We spend more time with them than we do our family.  And it's very hard to lose not only a member of our family, but a member of the department as well.  It never gets easy for us."

Police had a final message for Ciro:  We have the watch from here.  God speed.

Emotional farewell in Pittsfield

Very sad moments as Pittsfield police and other officers honor K9 "Ciro," as he is walked in to be put to sleep after a battle with cancer. Kumi Tucker WNYT's STORY: http://wnyt.tv/ajkko

Posted by WNYT NewsChannel 13 on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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