New South Wales Police Dog Chuck has passed away, aged seven.
The crime-fighting hero, who was the loyal companion, partner and best friend to Acting Sergeant Luke Warburton, died of natural causes this week, NSW Police said in a statement.
Chuck was involved in hundreds of jobs throughout his career, including the arrest of one of Australia’s most wanted in March 2012 and being at the frontline of the Hyde Park Riots in September 2012.
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Chuck also received the honour of presenting the game ball at a 2012 State of Origin game in Sydney.
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Superintendent Dean Smith, Commander of the NSW Dog Unit, said today was a sad day for the unit.
“Chuck’s death is a loss to the Dog Unit, not only from his contribution to helping fight crime, but the joy he brought to his handler, Acting Sergeant Warburton, and the officers involved in his training and development throughout the years,” Superintendent Smith said.
Chuck’s handler, Acting Sergeant Warburton said Chuck was a true police dog.
“My fondest memory will be of Chuck visiting me in hospital after I was shot in January. Chuck was so excited to see me – and me him.
“Whenever I went to work and had Chuck out with me I knew he always had my back and we could take on any job.
“PD Chuck was a true police dog. He loved nothing more than seeing me walk to the backyard in my overalls as he knew he was going to work to do his favourite thing and chase bad guys.”
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Chuck’s legacy continues through the three litters he fathered for the NSW Police Dog Unit.