PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – After five years, the Putnam County Sheriffs Department is saying “see ya later” to their four-legged employee, K9 Halo.
According to a news release, K9 Halo served five years with the department and worked with three partners during his tenure.
Since his latest handler Sgt. Butts was promoted to sergeant, the PCSD made the thoughtful decision to retire their canine friend rather than train him with his fourth partner, deciding it was better for Halo to “live an active, happy life.”
Sgt. Butts thought it was in Halo’s best interest for Lt. Guy to take Halo since they’ve worked together in the past.
“[Halo] is going to be very active, and he’s going to be going with me everywhere,” Guy said. “He’s going to live a great life.”
K9 handlers — the officers who train and care for their canine partners — get the first option to keep the dogs after retirement. Sgt. Butts thought Lt. Guy would be a better fit to take excellent care of Halo because Butts wouldn’t have the time to devote to him due to the demand of his new position.
Luckily, Halo won’t be too far away under Lt. Guy’s care, so the department is looking forward to seeing their former German shepherd companion “coming down the hallways of administration for visits and snacks.”