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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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