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Emotional goodbye: Police dog whimpers at partner's funeral

June 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM ET

An officer holds Danny, the K9 partner of slain RCMP officer Const. David Ross, at the funeral procession for the three RCMP officers who were killed ...
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An officer holds Danny, the K9 partner of slain RCMP officer Constable David Ross, at the funeral procession for the three RCMP officers who were killed on duty.

A tragic funeral this week marked a heartbreaking goodbye between a police dog and his officer.

Danny, the K9 partner of slain RCMP Const. Dave Ross, looks around at the start of the RCMP regimental funeral on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Moncton, N...
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Danny, the K9 partner of slain RCMP Constable Dave Ross, looks around at the start of the RCMP regimental funeral on Tuesday.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Dave Ross, along with fellow officers Fabrice Gevaudan and Douglas Larche, were killed by a shooter in Mocton, New Brunswick last week while on duty.

The casket of Const. Douglas James Larche, is carried in for the RCMP regimental funeral on  Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada....
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The casket of Constable Douglas James Larche is carried in for the RCMP regimental funeral on Tuesday.

The loss is not only felt by their families and the community, but also by Ross's police dog, Danny.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police dog Danny sniffs the Stetson of his partner, slain Constable David Ross, during the funeral procession for the three RCM...
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Danny sniffs the Stetson of his partner, slain Constable David Ross, during the funeral procession.

Ross had served as a Dog Services handler and had worked with Danny, a German Shepard, since 2012. 

RCMP officers stand in silence during the regimental funeral of three slain officers at the Moncton Coliseum on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Moncton, Ne...
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RCMP officers stand in silence during the regimental funeral of three slain officers.

At the regimental funeral on Tuesday, Danny walked in the funeral procession alongside an officer who was holding Ross's hat. The dog is also said to have been heard whimpering throughout the service, according to the Global News

The caskets of the three RCMP officers who were killed in the line of duty are draped witth the Canadian flag at the regimental funeral at the Moncton...
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The caskets of the three RCMP officers who were killed in the line of duty are draped witth the Canadian flag at the regimental funeral.

While many dogs are retired after losing their handler, Cst. Ross's wife, Rachael, told the RCMP that her husband would want Danny to continue working. The RCMP is currently working on matching Danny with another Dog Services handler.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson, right, presents Constable Dave Ross's widow Rachael with the slain RCMP officer's Stetson duri...
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson presents Constable Dave Ross's widow Rachael with the slain RCMP officer's Stetson during a regimental funeral.


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