VACAVILLE (CBS13) – A retired police K9 was given one last honor before he was euthanized Thursday.
“Koda” served with the Vacaville Police Department for eight years before retiring. The department says Koda had been battling cancer recently and his health took a turn for the worst.READ MORE: Updates: Strong Winds And Rain Moving Across Sacramento Region
Due to Koda’s deteriorating condition, the decision was made to euthanize him.
When Officer Kelli Gottlieb – Koda’s partner when he was in the force – showed up with Koda at the Sacramento vet’s office Thursday for the trip to Rainbow Bridge, the two were greeted by other K9 officers from around the region.READ MORE: Storm Forces Cancellation Of Outlaw Music Festival, Willie Nelson Performance In Wheatland
As seen in photos posted by Vacaville Police to their Facebook page, the other K9 officers formed two lines and saluted Koda before he entered the office.
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“Our heart breaks for Officer Kelli Gottlieb during this difficult time. Please keep her in your thoughts,” Vacaville Police wrote. “Koda was such a huge part of the Vacaville PD family. He was loved and will truly be missed.”