Guilderland, NY – Guilderland Police Department (GPD) K9 Rocky died on Nov. 11, after having recently been diagnosed with a serious illness, according to his department.
“It is with great sadness that the Guilderland Police Department announce the death of the department’s police dog K-9 Rocky,” the GPD said in Facebook post on Nov. 16.
K9 Rocky, a 12-year-old sable German Shepherd, was donated to the department in October of 2007 by Shaker Veterinary Hospital Dr. David Wolfe and Tony and Kris Vogt, according to the police department’s website.
Farnsworth Middle School students selected his name, and K9 Rocky was placed in the care of GPD Sergeant Don Jones, the Spotlight News reported at the time.
K9 Rocky became certified as a narcotics, tracking and protection K9 in January of 2009, and served alongside Sgt. Jones for the entirety of his nearly 11-year career.
In addition to his work in the field, K9 Rocky also made frequent visits to children’s organizations and schools to teach young people about how K9s help law enforcement officers, Newsweek reported.
Sgt. Jones’ neighbor, Kelly Tynan, said she had watched K9 Rocky grow and learn as he and his human partner played outside over the years.
“I watched his training in the streets but also watched him be loved and cared for by Don,” Tynan wrote on GPD’s Facebook page. “Don I am so sorry for your loss. The times you have spent sharing your dog and protecting our community is endless. Rest In Peace Rocky.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guilderland Police Department and Sgt. Jones in the loss of K9 Rocky.