Before being diagnosed with cancer, K-9 Officer Hunter worked for the Middletown Police Department in Connecticut for ten years with his partner Michael D’Aresta and their coworkers.
On his last day on Earth, they wanted him to know how much they loved him. In order to keep the community safe, Hunter risked his life on a daily basis. Recently, his selfless service to the police force came to a heartbreaking end after his health worsened:
“K-9 Hunter has been sick for a few days, and tests found that he has a very aggressive type of liver cancer. Sgt. Doug Clark, Middletown K-9 boss, wrote online, “Unfortunately, they recommended that he be euthanized.”
As a result of the diagnosis, D’Aresta had to make the difficult decision to put his friend to sleep. As D’Aresta saluted those who had served so faithfully alongside him, he held Hunter in his arms outside the veterinary office, flanked by his fellow officers.
Clark wrote, “Officer D’Aresta and Hunter have been an outstanding team serving the City of Middletown in a high caliber since 2007.” “As you can imagine, Mike and his family are going through a lot right now.”
Middletown has a population of about 50,000 residents, but due to the touching way the police department said goodbye to K-9 Hunter, his legacy has spread across the country and around the world — and it’s a legacy that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.