CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After patrolling the grounds of the Tri C campuses for several years, a veteran police officer turned in his badge and is heading to early retirement.
K-9 officer Argus has been working with campus police and security services with his handler, Anne Berry, for seven years. Argus recently tore his ACL in his left knee and is now suffering from arthritis.
"It's bittersweet. I know he has to retire. His leg never healed from the surgery, and he is in a lot of pain but I'm going to miss having him with me in the car. We've been together for so long, and he's just been a great partner, great friend and he's just a work horse you know," said Berry.
The 97-pound German Shepherd was trained to sniff out explosives and track suspects.
Tom Schmidt, the founder of Buckeye Area Regional K-9 trained Argus.
"This is our 20th anniversary, and we've trained and donated 89 police work dogs, and we are still doing it, I mean there are departments I'm going to see next week,” said Schmidt.
K-9 handlers and their dogs from various police departments around northeast Ohio who have trained with Anne and Argus stopped by a retirement ceremony to pay their respects. Plus they wanted some of Argus's specially made cake.
"We are all in the same group and wanted to come out and give our support,” said Matt Rodriguez of the Rocky River Police Department.
"It's awesome, I mean I've trained with these guys for years and it's very moving," said Berry.
Now that Argus is retiring, he'll be spending the rest of his days with his handler's family so he's got some pretty good days ahead of him.