Kaiser is a two and a half year old German Shepard K-9 unit for the Plymouth Police Department. The dog’s time on the force was unfortunately cut short by a rough battle with kidney disease.
Friday afternoon the department saluted Kaiser with a funeral as he was laid to rest. The department posted photos and messages on their Facebook page.
Dozens of officers lined up outside the animal hospital where Kaiser was euthanized, and the Angel View Pet Cemetery in Middleborough. They saluted him as he walked by.
Kaiser’s handler, Officer James Lebretton, posted the following message online:
The story has gone viral online, with support pouring in from across Massachusetts and all over the world. Lebretton wrote about to the massive response saying, “To all of you who sent your regards over the past few days…I thank you. I read every single post and listened to every message. Kaiser served you well and the streets of Plymouth were safer when he was on patrol. The compassion was overwhelming and I am humbled at the support from perfect strangers. God bless you all.”
Kaiser joined the force in March of 2011 after a family donated him to the department.
UPDATE: Donations can be made to the Plymouth Police K-9 program on this website.