A Hamden police dog that spent the last six years locating illegal drugs and tracking down suspects has died of pneumonia.
Hunter died suddenly on February 20, according to police.
On Wednesday, the Hamden Police Department will hold a service for Hunter at the Hamden Elks Lodge, at 175 School Street. It will begin at 9 a.m.
He was born on May 30, 2005 in Hungary and brought to the United States as a police dog candidate. The department bought him from Renbar Kennels in New Milford.
Hunter worked with Officer Craig Appleby and the team had most recently been assigned to the day-shift in the patrol division.
Hunter was known in the community and performed for local students and civic organizations.
Anyone who wants to make a donation to help buy a new police dog can send donations to the Hamden Police Department, in care of the K-9 Unit.