It was a heartbreaking moment for the officers and family of Argo the police dog.
For almost two decades the brave German Shepherd had served alongside officers of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, in Texas.
As a certified Narcotics Detection Dog the K-9 has helped to take thousands of pounds of drugs off the streets as well as the apprehension of countless felons.
But tragedy struck Argo when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. When it spread his officer family took the decision to end his pain and put him to sleep.
As he lay on the bed with a blanket over him and surrounded by officers, a call came over the radio that made him look up to attention and left the whole room in tears.
After many years of service as a police dog his partner LT Francisco Guerrero had to make the tough decision to put him down and end his suffering.
So, a small and intimate ceremony was arranged so Argo could receive the heroic send off he deserved.
In a Facebook post the sheriff’s office said: “Only after the pain became evident to his partner and the cancer was found to be all over his body and terminal, was the hard, painful, but loving decision made to end his suffering.
“Argo was given a small and private ceremony where he was honored with the traditional Last Call, given to those who pass in the line of duty.”
Lifts his head to hear final call
The whole room was in tears as the final call was dispatched over the radio thanking Argo for his service and bravery.
It’s clear from the video below that Argo is weak but still manages to lift his head when he hears the call.
Watch the love that this dog is surrounded with as the final call is announced in the video below.
Thank you for your loyal service Argo. This is so heartbreaking but I’m glad he is no longer suffering.
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