Ruger, a K9 with the Fairfield police department, is retiring after serving the department for several years because an injury prevents him from continuing his service as a police dog.
Ruger was injured while getting out of a police car and his back never healed correctly, according to police.
He was born in 2010, comes from a long line of working dogs and arrived in the United States in 2011, when he was paired with his handler, according to the Fairfield Police K9 Unit website.
"His service has made it crystal clear that this agency benefits from a strong K-9 program," a news release from police says.
Police said his injury is genetic and the department will officially retire Ruger on Wednesday evening during the police commission meeting.