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Waltham’s Recently Retired Police K-9 Dies

‘Mugsy’ passed away Monday, according to the department.

Photo credit: Waltham Police Department
Photo credit: Waltham Police Department

The Waltham Police Department shared sad news on its Facebook page Tuesday: The department’s recently retired K-9, “Mugsy,” died Monday after suffering “some serious medical issues.”

Mugsy was partnered with Officer Joseph Hancock, who also recently retired. In his nearly nine years on the force, Mugsy was involved in many searches, tracks and rescue operations, according to the department.

SM Humphreys February 18, 2014 at 02:47 PM
May Mugsy Rest in Peace!
Barbara Snow February 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Rest and Play in Peace K-9 Mugsy, Waltham MA PD American and Massachusetts Hero. Faithful Friend and K-9 Companion, Friend and Partner to Officer Joseph Hancock. Now you've gone where all the Hero dogs go and angels are singing for you - for you wore the badge of the Elite. You will never again hear the sound of another bullet. For 9 years you kept your City safe and secure; and we thank you for your noble and dedicated service. Your citizens slept better for you guarded their night. And for that you will never be forgotten but always missed. Your Team, Your Chief and Your Community will speak well of you and miss you. Your life and work truly mattered. The sadness your DogDad now feels is just another bad guy that you want to take out for him and you will in time. May the happy memories of your life and work together be like Gravity and always win over the sadness. We now give you our Honor and Memory. Run Fast, K-9 Mugsy, Play Strong, Outwit the Kongs, Sniff Heavens Winds, Play Pawball with the Boy Angels in Heavens Meadows and Always Get your Toy. Barbara Snow US WAR DOG ASSN Southern Chapter Bronson FL. 32621 K9mwds@gmail.com When we pause to remember our heroes Let us also remember our heroes with Paws. Tribute to K-9 Mugsy EOW February 17, 2014 by B Snow THERE is no greater TRUST than the one created by the bond between K-9 law-enforcement working dogs and their Police, Deputy, or Trooper handler. There is no greater LOYALTY than these dogs who would lay down their lives for their partners and for you and me if called on to do so in the line of duty; there is no greater COMFORT and ASSURANCE in public trust and safety to know that is truth and can always be counted on. There is no greater cheetah-like SPEED, to OBEDIENCE than by these dogs who respond to their partner’s commands to words that need only be said once. There is no better way to HONOR these dogs than to acknowledge, appreciate and respect them and their partners, both together in service for our safety, and to remember those partners lost together and forever to us and their families. There is no greater nose to scent, eyes to sight, heart to give and no braver or more courageous spirit to work and serve. Of these K-9 Working Dogs also can be attributed the highest form of sacrifice by man “greater love hath no man than to give up his life for another". For them Heaven’s reward is a special section across the Rainbow Bridge reserved only for them where they play all day in meadows where angels sing; and never again hear the sound of another bullet. They are the very special select ones, elite and best of their breed; our Guardians of the Night and the Day, whose life as a hero dog on earth represents the highest in VALOR. May they and their partners always be blessed and watched over by our Creator who you will find always in their name only backwards. By Barbara Snow THANK YOU FOR KEEPING US SAFE AND SECURE SO THAT WE MAY LIVE IN FREEDOM - We give you our Honor and Remembrance
hfnstf February 19, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Joe, I know you must be heartbroken to lose such a good friend . My thoughts are with you today for Mugsy and your family. Rest in Peace Mugsy. Irene (huff) D'Agostino

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