A longtime police dog known as K-9 “Jac” was put to rest in the metro-east Friday afternoon.
Multiple police officers and other police dogs turned out for a funeral procession, starting in Troy and ending at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, where the body was cremated.
Jac, a 14-year-old German shepherd, worked at Pontoon Beach Police Department for more than six years. Officer Michael Pool worked with the dog until 2009, the year the police department decided to retire the dog. Jac lived with Pool until 2013, when Troy Police Detective Mike Raymond adopted the dog. Both officers used to work together in Venice.
The Raymond family said they cared for Jac for the past three years, making the retired police dog a part of the family.
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“It was an honor and it was also just phenomenal,” Raymond said. “He blended well with our family and protected my 4-and-a-half-year-old son for three years. They became best friends.”
The dog was euthanized at Troy Veterinary Clinic on Friday afternoon after dealing with deteriorating health conditions, making it difficult for the dog to walk, Raymond said. He said he was thankful to see dozens of law enforcement officers and members of the public come out Friday on behalf of the retired police dog.
“It was just amazing to see the law enforcement community and the communities everywhere between Troy all the way down to Belleville, and to see how great they were in allowing the procession to go through, showing their respect to a well-deserved K-9,” Raymond said.