JOPLIN, Missouri- Members of the Joplin Police Department and K9 teams from other agencies gathered yesterday to salute and say farewell to an esteemed four-legged colleague who had to be put down due to declining health.

K-9 Ricky had served the citizens of Joplin with handler Dustin Holt from January 2007 until retiring due to age related issues in June 2013, the agency said.



The police dog had lived in retirement at home with Detective Holt. Due to deteriorating health issues and to best suit his comfort and well-being, the difficult decision was made to put Ricky to rest on Tuesday. 

The agency says Ricky’s handler, Detective Dustin Holt continues to serve with them as a Detective. The Joplin department says also they appreciate the countless suspect apprehensions, drug seizures and many other accomplishments that Ricky and Holt shared together to benefit the community.

They concluded by saying Det. Holt has found comfort in this: “I am your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are my life, my leader. I will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of my heart”.