One of the Bradenton Police Department’s retired K9s died Monday.
The K9 named Duke was euthanized Monday, according to Bradenton Police Lt. James Racky. Duke retired in 2011 due to an on-duty hip injury.
“He had other medical issues, and it was best to have him put to sleep so he would not suffer,” Racky said.
In 2011, Duke made his last call for service after working with the agency for five years, according to a release. The K9 was born in February 2005 in Budapest, Hungary, and came to the United States in March 2006. Bradenton Police Master Patrol Officer Kenneth Magown II was Duke’s handler from April 2006 until April 2011 when he was retired because of an on-duty hip injury.
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Duke continued living with Magown after retirement, Racky said.
Duke was honored for his years of service in 2011 by Bradenton Police Department administration, detectives and officers.
— Herald staff report