A former New London police K-9 has died of cancer, according to the police department’s Facebook page.
Retired K-9 Buck was taken off the job last year after the department couldn’t pay for the mounting cost of his arthritis medication. Buck went to live with his handler, Officer John Michaud, and stayed with the family until his death.
New London residents raised money for Buck’s medication last year in an effort to keep him in the police force, but the K-9 retired in June 2013. He lost his battle with cancer a year later.
“In Buck’s years with the New London Police Department, he was a valued member of the entire team and an asset to the citizens of the City,” the New London Police Department wrote on its Facebook page Tuesday. “We ask you to help us in offering our condolences to the Michaud family as they adjust to the loss of their beloved family pet.”
Buck’s retirement came in a time of controversy surrounding the city’s K-9 unit, as budget constraints threatened to diminish its size. After overriding Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio’s veto, the city council ultimately passed an ordinance to maintain a four-dog K-9 unit.