Police K-9 Officer Arrack, who served with Dublin police for just over two years, died earlier this month shortly after being diagnosed with aggressive cancer.
The 5-1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois worked for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, assigned to Dublin Police Services under the city contract, along with his human partner Deputy Charles Krause.
"Arrack served Alameda County and the community of Dublin with honor, pride and valor. His service was greatly appreciated and he will be dearly missed," Dublin police Capt. Nate Schmidt told the Weekly.
The K-9 unit of Krause and Arrack had been assigned to the department's overnight shift. The dog was specially trained in people tracking, searching for firearms and suspect apprehensions, according to Schmidt.
The sudden cancer diagnosis came after Arrack was seen not acting like himself on July 12, Schmidt said. A long visit to an emergency veterinarian revealed cancerous tumors throughout the dog's body.
"A very tough decision had to be made and after several days of making Arrack as comfortable as possible he was put down on Thursday, July 16th," the captain said. "Members of DPS and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit gathered at Animal Control to give Arrack his final send-off."