TOMS RIVER, NJ – Gunnar, a K-9 police dog who recently was retired from duty has passed, the Toms River Police Department said this weekend.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of newly retired K-9 Officer Gunnar. K-9 Gunnar #9020 unexpectedly but, peacefully passed away at home today. K-9 Gunnar was given an honorable send-off by ambulance from his residence to the veterinarian,” the department said in a statement. “During his final patrol, he was surrounded by family and escorted by members of our K-9 unit. Upon arrival at the veterinarian, K-9 Gunnar was embraced by numerous K-9 handlers and their partners from surrounding jurisdictions to show their support for K-9 Gunnar, his handler Officer Buhowski and his family, as well as our department.”
Gunnar worked as a police K-9 for 7 years.
“K-9 Gunnar started his career on January 28th, 2013 in the Toms River Canine Academy, class number 7 where he became a certified patrol canine. On September 9th, 2013 he attended the Toms River Canine Academy where he became a certified narcotics canine,” the department said. “While in training, K-9 Gunnar was one of the top dogs of the class and easily excelled at any task he was asked to do. K-9 Gunnar will be remembered for his numerous narcotics finds and his assistance in keeping officers safe while on the road. K-9 Gunnar retired in January of 2020.
K-9 Handlers form inseparable bonds with their partners and this unexpected passing is difficult for Officer Buhowski and his family. Our hearts are with all of them.”
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