This is a day that all parents who love animals love to fear: say goodbye to their dear companions. And for K9 coaches, they do not just salute their best friends, they also lose their partners and often their saviors.
Constable Michael D’Aresta of the Middletown, Connecticut Police Department escorted his faithful best friend to the vet one last time, while he received greetings from all sides. After getting sick recently, aggressive liver cancer has been diagnosed in Hunter. Not wanting to see him suffer and with no other choice, D’Aresta selflessly chose to send his partner peacefully through the Rainbow Bridge.
“Officer Michael D’Aresta must, unfortunately, make the most difficult decision that a K9 maneuverer dreads taking tonight at 6:30 pm at Pieper Olson in Middletown,” said Sgt. Doug Clark, a K9 supervisor, wrote on the ministry’s Facebook page.
“Agent D’Aresta and Hunter have been an outstanding team serving the city of Middletown since 2007,” he said. “So, as you can imagine, it’s extremely difficult for Mike and his family.”
According to an article in Fox News, the highlights of the K9’s career include help with drug detoxification and finding an elderly woman with dementia who has disappeared.
“Hunter and Officer D’Aresta have been such an important part of our department for the last ten years,” Clark wrote on Facebook. “Such a dedicated team of K-9. It will never be the same. Rest in peace Hunter, you did well. Our thoughts and prayers are with Constable Michael D’Aresta and his family. ”
It is obvious that K9 Hunter was a respected and valued member of the police force and the community. We are truly sorry for their loss and hope they will find comfort knowing that this hero has lived a fulfilling life and is now at peace.