Exeter K9 officer dies; served more than 10 years on force

EXETER TWP., Pa. - A K9 officer who served with the Exeter Township Police Department for more than 10 years has died after a battle with cancer.

In a post on its Facebook page, the police department said Bosco "was a loyal partner to both his handler, Ofc. Andrew Walbert, as well as the rest of the officers in the department."

According to the post, Bosco took $3.2 million worth of drugs off the streets. He retired a few months ago.

He almost didn't become a police dog, after being returned by the feds for biting his first handler.

Similarly, Walbert was close to resigning from the K9 unit after his first canine officer lost his ability to smell.

"I was reluctant, angry and pessimistic as I already had the perfect dog who was taken from me and my family at the hands of a drug dealer," he said in the post.

"Turns out, the perfect dog was almost overlooked," Walbert said, "and sometimes things happen for a reason."

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