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.