INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced the passing of their longtime, retired K-9 Bart Wednesday night.
Bart was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in August 2012. He was assigned to IMPD in December 2000.
Police say he captured an estimated 400 criminals and found countless amounts of illegal drugs before retiring.
He patrolled the streets of Indianapolis for 12 years with IMPD K-9 Officer Ron Santa.
"He is the very essence of a sheepdog protecting his flock, and this city and this department will be at a loss without his service," Officer Santa said in a release.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite released this statement Wednesday evening:
"IMPD is thankful for the service that Bart provided to citizens of the Indianapolis community and we mourn Bart's death on this day."
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