The Newtown Police Department is mourning the death of their beloved K9, Saint Michael, who died Sunday evening.
Saint Michael had recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, however he was still “playful and in great spirits,” Newtown police said in a Facebook post.
Along with his handler, Officer Felicia Figol, Saint Michael had been serving the Newtown community since 2014. Officer Figol and other officers who worked with Saint Michael grew to love him.
Just under two weeks ago, a GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for K9 Saint Michael’s medical costs after the news of his cancer diagnosis. The police department raised $8,793 by 138 people in 12 days.
"We sincerely believed with the right treatment plan and with his great physical condition, his life could have been extended for at least a year if not more, so with that said, today was not expected," police said.
They also thanked the medical staff at NVS Animal Hospital of Newtown, for giving K9 “a fighting chance.”
The Newtown Police Department has said that it never easy to say goodbye, but Saint “served and protected our town well, now it’s time to rest in peace.”