After serving the Pasadena Police Department for more than five years, K-9 ‘Kyra’ has been retired following a liver cancer diagnosis and will live out her days in comfort at the home of her handler, officials said.
Kyra was the department’s first female K-9 and the first K-9 to be made part of the department’s SWAT team, the PPD said in a written statement. She was partnered with Officer Cameron Prestwich.
“Earlier this month, Kyra became ill and after several tests was diagnosed with liver cancer,” according to the statement.
Kyra is an 8-and-a-half-year-old Brindle Dutch Shepherd, born in the Netherlands, police said.
The animal’s condition has improved following medical treatment and “diligent” care from her handler, but she will no longer be employed in police duty, officials said.
“Kyra will be officially transferred to Officer Prestwich, where she will be able to live out the remainder of her life in a stress-free environment,” according to the statement. “We hope that she has many years to do so.”