K9 officer battling untreatable cancer goes on final ride through city

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SAUGUS, Mass. (WFLA/WBTS) – Everyone knows a dog is man’s best friend and Bruin, a K9 with the Saugus Police Department is no exception.

But Bruin has cancer and there is no treatment.

The community of Saugus honored Bruin, who served the department for nine years, during a final ride through town.

The procession was attended by K9 officers around the region.

Ronald Giorgetti, the Saugus Police Chief, said Bruin was more than just an ambassador in the community.

“He was a versatile dog, he could track not only individuals, but articles – also in the detection of narcotics,” he said.

Officer Timothy Fawcett was by Bruin’s side, making the most difficult walk with his dog since he got him at 16-months-old.

Going on without Bruin will be hard, but Officer Fawcett thanked the community for making his good boy’s last ride something great.

“Everything has meant so much to us. I’ve never seen an outpouring like that in my life, and I feel sadly so happy that I was treated like that,” he said. 

“My family, my dog and the tribute alone was unbelievable.”

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