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Beloved Police Dog Succumbs to Cancer

K-9 "Sabre" was a member of the Galloway Township Police force since 2005.

A Galloway Township police K-9 that had been battling cancer died Thursday.

"Sabre," a member of the Galloway Township Police Department since 2005, succumbed to the disease on Thursday, according to a release from the department. He was 7-and-a-half years old.

The most popular member of the township’s K-9 unit, "Sabre" was personally selected by K-9 Officer Kevin Welsh to join the force in 2005. "Sabre" was well-known by the children of Galloway Township, as he participated in a number of K-9 demonstrations throughout the town.

The children of Pomona Elementary School knew "Sabre" particularly well, as Welsh was the C.O.P.S. 5 officer for the school. C.O.P.S. 5 is Galloway’s drug- awareness program.

Sabre placed third in the “Criminal Apprehension” phase of the United States Police Canine Association Police Dog 1 Trials in 2010.  

"Sabre" retired recently after a long career of narcotics investigations and locating suspects. He died five days after the township held a retirement ceremony for him.

Steve Moliver April 22, 2011 at 02:52 PM
R.I.P. Sabre you were a loyal and trusted officer and a good friend to all, especially the children.
Marilyn Weisman April 23, 2011 at 06:59 PM
While we did not know Sabre personally, we appreciate everything he did for the community. We were very impressed at the National Night Out as we watched the dogs performing. I know he will be missed, but he leaves behind a wonderful legacy.

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