Retired State Police K-9 officer passes away

(Photo from Rhode Island State Police)

SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island State Police announced the passing of a retired canine officer this week.

Kubo, a German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix, worked with Sgt. Roger Reardon as both a patrol service dog and an explosive detection dog. He joined the force as one of five canines transferred from the Military Working Dog program as it was being downsized in January 2013, the State Police said on their Facebook page.

After Reardon and Kubo became a certified team, highlights of their service included a calling to assist with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. Kubo was given a written commendation along with Sgt. Reardon.

The team served for about two-and-a-half years until both Sgt. Reardon and Kubo retired together earlier this year, the State Police said.

The cause of Kubo’s death was listed as bloat, also known as stomach torsion. Veterinary experts have listed bloat as the number two killer of dogs behind cancer.

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