K-9 Officers play an incredibly important role in keep out communities safe! They can use their heightened senses to chase down criminals or bust drug dealers. Some departments use their K-9s as therapy dogs to improve child welfare and mental health in the community. K-9s offer a multitude of benefits to any police force and some K-9s are formally sworn in as police officers. When a K-9 officer passes away the police department, especially their handler. feels like they lost a member of their family.

Unfortunately the Ossipee, NH Police Department just experienced a profound loss and took to their Facebook page to share the sad news.

Their beloved retired K-9 Officer Zeus has passed away.

Ossipee, NH Police Department via Facebook
Ossipee, NH Police Department via Facebook
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Zeus was born February 28, 2011 and started his career with the Ossipee Police in March of 2012. He was partnered with now Chief Anthony Castaldo and served with him for 9 years.

Ossipee, NH Police Department via Facebook
Ossipee, NH Police Department via Facebook
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Zeus served with loyalty and honor during his years with the Ossipee Police.

Ossipee, NH Police Department via Facebook
Ossipee, NH Police Department via Facebook
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It is comforting to know that Zeus did not endure any pain or suffering when he passed. He will be deeply missed by the Ossipee Police Department Family and most of all by his partner Chief Castaldo.

Ossipee, NH Police Department via Facebook
Ossipee, NH Police Department via Facebook
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Ossipee residents expressed their condolences on the Facebook post

Kelly Hogan Ripley said:

I’m so sorry… Run fast and run free K9 Zeus! We’ve got your 6 from here

Kaleen McQuillan said:

He was such a sweet boy and will be so missed. So sorry for your loss

Michael Mauro said:

Tony I am so very sorry. Zeus was an amazing partner. God bless you

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