WPD K9 euthanized because of medical condition

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Police Department has had to put down one of its police dogs.

K9 Arko was euthanized Friday because of a medical condition that was recently discovered. The 11-year-old canine served with the Wilmington Police since 2005 and was due to retire next month.

"K9s are a vital part of our law enforcement family," Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement. "We will miss Arko and offer our thoughts and prayers to Ofc. Vithalani and his family."

WPD says Arko and his handler Ofc. Kirti Vithalani were responsible for numerous arrests and narcotic seizures during his career.

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Rest in Peace faithful servant Arko :`(


Rest in Peace Arko. Thank you to you and your family for your service.

when they shoot your dog "it was just a dog". Don't worry the taxpayers will buy them another one. So what is the big deal??

I am so sorry for the loss of Arko. My sincere condolences to his handler and to his family. Also, to the Wilmington Police Department for losing this officer.

Your another internet hero hiding behind an anonymous name. I didn't know this dog, his handler or anyone in their department. But what I do know from your ignorant comment is that you are nothing more than a lowly savage

RIP Arko,Thanks for your service!

I'm so sorry. He was beautiful and I know he will be sorely missed.