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After Being Rescued, Retired K9 Passes Away In Loving Home

 Champ the black Lab lived a fantastic life. Despite a rough beginning, he stayed strong and went on to assist others. He went from being an abandoned rescue pup to being a hard-working police K9.



This brave dog has since retired from his duties and crossed the rainbow bridge. But his final days on Earth were definitely worthwhile . He spent his time surrounded by those that loved him and supported him. What more could a dog want?


Champ’s Journey

When Champ was just a young pup, he was surrendered to the Union County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. The deputies at the Union County Sheriff’s Office quickly adopted him, where they trained him for police investigation . He then became a Narcotics Detection K9, where he excelled at his job. His primary role was to locate narcotics and articles. He was also ready to track people.


Champ worked alongside Deputy Tommy Gallis from 2007 until 2014. In 2014, he retired from his duties. He received the very best honors for his seven years of service. On his retirement day, he seemed filled with excitement, able to see what his next adventure would bring.



After his retirement, Champ didn’t leave Sheriff’s Office family, though. Deputy “Buzzy” Helms adopted the Lab and made him a permanent loved one . So, Champ need to experience the rewarding lifetime of a dog and therefore the comfortable lifetime of a companion dog. it had been better than any life he could’ve imagined.


Rest in Peace, Champ

Even though Champ was not working, it had been still heartbreaking for the officers to mention goodbye. He was slowing down and gaining more gray hairs, so eventually, Helms knew it had been time. They wrapped him in an American flag as they said goodbye.


“We are saddened to announce the passing of (Ret) UCSO K-9 Champ,” the Union County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “Champ won't be forgotten and that we will remain forever grateful for his service.”



Champ deserves an enormous many thanks for all his amazing add North Carolina. He helped prove that rescue dogs are often trained for critical roles, and that they can help change the planet , a bit like the other dog. All hope seemed lost when he was first surrendered, but the officers helped turn his life around. Hopefully, his journey will help other rescue dogs be trained for important roles like this.


Rest in peace, Champ. You’ll be missed greatly.


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