After nearly a full dog year of service with the Kennesaw Police Department, a former K-9 was put down Thursday.
Bady, a German shepherd, had several medical issues stemming from old age, said Scott Luther, department spokesman.
“He was an impressive canine and had a great career ... and I will miss him,” said Bady’s handler Officer Wallace Morton.
He was born May 1, 2005, in Slovakia before being imported by a kennel in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, which sold him to Kennesaw police in October 2006.
He had an “immeasurable impact on our community as an ambassador for our department,” the police said.
In his 6½ years on the force, Bady tracked criminals, sniffed out narcotics and also got to do things like play with kids at martial arts studios during demonstrations.
In his retirement, Bady lived with Morton.
The department currently has one K-9, also a German shepherd, named Turbo.
“Bady was a valued member of the Kennesaw police team. His legacy will remain with us,” said Chief Bill Westenberger.