Officer John Szostak and Canine Moe | Provided Photo

The Waukegan Police Department said they are mourning the death of retired canine Moe, who led a successful career and was the department’s only Malinois canine.

“It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of retired K9 Moe,” the Waukegan Police Department said Thursday morning.

Moe was the only Belgian Malinois to work as a police canine for the Waukegan Police Department.

Moe served alongside his handler, Officer John Szostak, from 2013 to 2020.

He was named after a donation to the canine unit from a citizen named Maurine.

Police said the canine had a successful career in tracking, article searches, drug searches, building searches and handler protection.

In a 2021 fundraiser, Moe was described as a dog who “loves to give his family hugs.”

“He likes to run and play hide and seek when he’s home. He will do just about anything for praise and for his tug toy,” the fundraiser said of Moe.

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The police department said they “extend our deepest condolences to Officer Szostak and his family during this difficult time.”

“K9 Moe, you will never be forgotten. Rest easy boy and thank you for your service,” the department added.