Police Officer Can Barely Hold Back His Tears As His K9 Partner Retires After 9 Years Of Service

Dogs have long been dubbed man’s best friend. And yet, some of these wonderful four-pawed creatures end up taking on an even bigger role and becoming so much more than that.

But, of course, everything has to come to an end, and these moments are always emotional. For example, when a dispatch announced this loyal police dog’s retirement after 9 strong years of service, everyone hearing it struggled not to cry. When the video of this incident spread online, the number of people shedding tears over it shot up drastically. Scroll down to read the full story!

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A police dog from Trophy Club, Texas, called Indy, recently retired after 9 years of decorated service

“All units,” began the dispatcher, addressing the whole Trophy Club Police Department. “After nine years of dedicated service, canine Indy, badge number K9-1, is retiring and signing off for his final shift.”

Even before the message began, you could already see and hear how much effort Indy’s partner, Seargent Barry Sullivan, was putting in to hold off from crying in front of his dashcam while the announcement was being made. “I was overwhelmed with emotion,” the man told Fox News Digital. “K-9 Indy has been with me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Image credits: Trophy Club Public Safety – Police & Fire (Facebook)

Image credits: Trophy Club Public Safety – Police & Fire (Facebook)

The video of him and his handler, Barry Sullivan, listening to the dispatcher making a heartwarming announcement took the internet by storm and had everyone in tears

During his 9 years of highly decorated service, the loyal canine made a very significant impact. He helped seize thousands of pounds of various illegal substances and the money that was gained from selling them. He also participated in 11 SWAT team deployments and had a paw in 44 criminal apprehensions.

He was also an example to many and conducted over 50 canine demos, where he demonstrated his abilities and dedication to the job. But despite assisting officers in over 38 various law enforcement agencies and serving as an ambassador to the community, he was first and foremost a wonderful partner and a great friend to his handler, Barry Sullivan.

Image credits: Trophy Club Public Safety – Police & Fire (Facebook)

Image credits: Barry Sullivan (LinkedIn)

During his time with the force, Indy played a major role in ensuring the safety of people around him while also making a significant impact on his community

“Thank you, canine Indy, for your service and love for the job you have done to protect and serve,” concluded the dispatcher while seemingly trying to hold back the tears herself. “From all of us to you, Indy, we wish you a happy retirement. Canine Indy, you are 10-42 for the final time.”

These days, in the Trophy Club Police Department, Indy’s place has been taken over by a youngblood named Odin, who will now be serving and protecting together with Sergeant Sullivan. But Indy is by no means doing poorly, as he gets to live out the rest of his days in comfort, peace, and love at his ex-handler’s and lifetime friend’s home.

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@bgsully After 9 amazing years with this handsome fella, he gets to enjoy retirement at home with me and my family! Thank you all for your love and support! #k9 #k9unit #policek9 #policek9unit #k9handler #policek9handler #k9softiktok #gsdoftiktok #k9retirement #k9retiredlife ♬ original sound – Sully K9

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Image credits: Barry Sullivan (LinkedIn)

The loyalty and dedication of some dogs are truly unmatched, and this story gives us a great perspective on that. But no puppy is born being sure that they want to spend most of their life helping people.

Are you curious about how it all works? Well then, you’re in luck because Bored Panda had a chance to talk to animal behaviorist Julie Bond, who was more than happy to share her knowledge and expertise about police dogs.

Image credits: Town of Trophy Club (Facebook)

Image credits: Barry Sullivan (LinkedIn)

Animal behaviorist Julie Bond explained that police dogs, who are all explicitly bred and trained from birth, are usually not the fuzzy four-pawed buddies that we’re all familiar with

“Police dogs are specifically bred for those jobs,” began the expert. She explained that while Indy had a quite remarkable ability to switch between being a seriously effective police dog when required and a lovable and friendly creature and lived not in a kennel outside but at his handler’s home, most of these animals are high-drive dogs, not pets. “Think of a trained police or military dog like a loaded weapon, only belonging ‘in the hands’ of a trained professional.”

Julie shared that she has dealt with many house calls where people, not realizing that most of these canines can’t just turn off their instincts and training, got a dog bred for protection and guardianship and couldn’t handle it. “It’s just not in their DNA, literally!” explained the woman, saying that these animals usually can’t become sweet pets and couch potatoes.

Image credits: Barry Sullivan (LinkedIn)

Image credits: Town of Trophy Club (Facebook)

When it comes to training, the animal behaviorist explained that while regular companion dogs should receive basic foundational training as puppies and at least 5 minutes of daily training afterward, working police dogs are trained from the moment they’re born, and the training doesn’t stop after they start their job. “That’s where you see those demos with a guy all padded up and an officer sending his or her police dog partner off to grab ‘the perp.’”

Image credits: Town of Trophy Club (Facebook)

Image credits: Town of Trophy Club (Facebook)

Luckily, Indy had a unique ability to switch between being an effective police dog and a lovely pet, so we rest easy knowing that his post-retirement days are bound to be great

Thanks to his rather unique character, Indy doesn’t seem to be struggling too much with adjusting to his civilian life. In his interview, Barry Sullivan shared that the only difference is that the dog doesn’t join him to work anymore and has seemingly gained a couple of pounds from all the treats.

However, as Julie told us, most other police dogs tend to have quite a hard time with the changes that come after their retirement. “A lot of police dogs still need daily exercises even though they won’t be active officers anymore.”

Image credits: Town of Trophy Club (Facebook)

Image credits: Town of Trophy Club (Facebook)

But in the end, all of these four-pawed buddies are still loved and cared for while being recognized and respected for their service and achievements. And as for Indy, he and Sergeant Sullivan couldn’t have been a better match, even if someone tried to engineer it. Therefore, we can keep calm and know that this good boy will get everything he deserves in that home. The only thing left to say is happy retirement, Indy!

What did you think about this story? Do you have any experience with police dogs? Share it all in the comments below!

The wholesomeness of this moment had all of the commenters in tears as they wished Indy a happy retirement

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