Heartbreaking photo shows police department honoring K-9 officer one last time

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

K-9 Officer Honored In Heartbreaking Farewell

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A photo of a police officer saying goodbye to his K-9 partner is breaking hearts across the country.

Officer Michael D’Aresta of the Middletown Police Department in Connecticut learned devastating news this week that his K-9 partner, Hunter, had an aggressive form of liver cancer. Sadly, veterinarians recommended that he be euthanized.

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Photos of D’Aresta carrying his dog into the vet’s office on Friday have gone viral on Facebook. As D’Aresta carried Hunter, officers saluted their colleague one last time.

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“So as you can imagine, this is extremely difficult for Mike and his family,” the department wrote on Facebook.

Hunter served the city of Middletown since 2007.