The Casper Police Department has retired one of its K9 officers. Officials announced the retirement of K9 Patrick, in a written statement sent to press Wednesday.
According to the statement, K9 Patrick began his service with the Casper Police Department in 2014. K9 Patrick’s handler, Sergeant Seth Wheeler, will continue to be Patrick’s owner.
“I know it’s hard for him to sit at the front door and watch me leave to go to work,” Wheeler said during a retirement ceremony Wednesday. “It’s been a learning curve trying to get used to not having him in the back of my car every day. This was hands down the best portion of my career thus far and the most rewarding. It’s not every day you get to take your best friend to work. I’m proud of the work he got to do here. I look forward to giving him the quality of life he deserves.”
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Officials say that it is with great pride that they retire K9 Patrick i”n good health.”
Five years of law enforcement service for a K9 is comparative to a full career for a police officer.
“The fact that we are able to retire K9 Patrick in good health speaks volumes about Seth’s abilities as a handler and his care and love for animals,” Chief Keith McPheeters said during the ceremony. “Our thanks goes to Seth for making sure that K9 Patrick is able to retire healthy and whole.”