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Marietta K-9 officer retires; handler mourns French K-9 lost in terror raid

Marietta Police Department K-9 Officer Ava retired in style today. Her handler and owner, Officer Paula Goss, said she and Ava add their condolences to those mourning French K-9 Officer Diesel, who died during a raid on suspected Islamic State terrorists.

"You build a bond with these dogs," Goss said.

Marietta K-9 Officer Ava, left, and the late French K-9 Officer Diesel. Photos: Jennifer Brett/Police Nationale

The two were paired for three years. Ava mostly worked sniffing for drugs and loved going to work each day. She came out of service about a week ago, after she had become less able to work. She still gets a little blue when Goss leaves without her in the mornings, and was glad to see her colleagues at her retirement ceremony.

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"She's all excited," Goss said. "She's used to going to work."



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