WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University's first bomb-detecting K-9 is officially retiring.
Macho is a 10-year-old Dutch shepherd. He started with the Purdue University Police Department in 2010.
Since then, he has been deployed 905 times. That includes investigating bomb threats in area schools.
He's also trained in apprehension.
He's worked home football and basketball games, as well as the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
His handler, Officer Gabe Argerbright, said Macho has certainly earned retirement.
"I've actually spent more time with him since 2010 than my family. All the way around, it's a very large committment not just on regular shift duty but all the special events we've had to work over the years. It's a lot of time away from home and he's been with me every day," said Argerbright.
Macho will now take it easy in retirement with the Argerbright family.
The department plans to replace him soon.
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