Authorities are mourning the loss of a Winthrop Harbor police canine who died after suffering a medical emergency following his recent retirement from the department.
The Winthrop Harbor Police Department said Thursday they were saddened to announce the death of retired canine Hondo.
Hondo served the village with his handler, Sgt. Bill Bogdala, beginning on June 9, 2017.
The police canine served for six years before his retirement in June.
Hondo was trained in narcotics detection, article searches and tracking.
“He represented the WHPD at many events including providing assistance to other agencies,” the police department said.
Police officials said Hondo was well known throughout the community. He even served as a ring bearer at an officer’s wedding.
Hondo resided with Bogdala and his family upon his retirement in June.
The canine experienced a medical emergency with “no viable treatment options” on Friday, police officials said.
“Hondo will be greatly missed by the police department, he greatly enjoyed protecting and serving the community at large,” the department said in a statement.