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Halton police dog Parker dies just weeks after retirement

Halton police had hoped for a long retirement for a police service dog named Parker — but it wasn’t to be.

Police service dog Parker's last shift was on April 21

Halton police say Parker, a former police dog, died just a few weeks after retiring in April. (Halton Police)

Halton police had hoped for a long retirement for a police service dog named Parker — but it wasn't to be.

The service announced on Twitter Tuesday that Parker had died, just a few weeks after retiring after seven years as a police dog.

"We are devastated to share that our universally loved PSD Parker has passed, and our thoughts are with his best friend and handler, Sgt. Tara Vivian," the tweet reads.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have had such a loyal member amongst us, and had hoped for many years of restful retirement."

Vivian tweeted that April 21 was Parker's last shift.

"Take my hand and I will go anywhere with you," she said, alongside a photo of the German shepherd giving her his paw.

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