HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Horry County Sheriff’s Office will held an escort Friday for a retired K-9 who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Former K-9 officer Kane was diagnosed with a terminal cancer, and his handler Cpl. Misty Puckett decided to put him down “to ease his suffering,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Deputies will escorted Puckett and Kane to Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital on Friday and then to Burroughs Funeral Home.
Dozens of police officers from different departments gathered to honor Kane. The officers saluted Kane as his casket, covered with an American flag, was carried into the funeral home.
Some officers were seen crying as they exited the room after petting Kane for the last time.
Sgt. Jeff Benton was there on Kane’s first day of work.
“It was good to see him through the years to be out here working,” Benton said. “Finding narcotics and finding the bad guy, the next day you will see him in the local elementary school loving on kids.”
“He was the best boy, and a gentle giant until you messed with momma,” Puckett said in a statement. “He always had my back and I always had his.”
Kane was a narcotics detection dog who retired in December 2021 after eight years of service, according to the sheriff’s office.