LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It was a bittersweet day for the Lafayette Police Department who said goodbye to one of its star four-legged officers.
K-9 Tico was officially retired Monday night at the Lafayette City Council meeting.
Tico had worked with handler Officer AJ Demello for the last eight years.
But Demello says it was time for Tico to retire, he was slowing down a bit and it was taking more time to get to a suspect.
Just three months ago, Demello and Tico earned six awards at the 2013 American Working Dogs Olympics and Certification Trials in Denver.
"It's been outstanding. This dog has been everything I could hope for. It's not good to see him go. I've been upset for the past week," LPD Officer Demello said.
Tico will continue to live with Demello's family.
Demello picked up his new K-9 partner Monday, a Dutch Shepherd named Roy.
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