Mexico’s Federal Police honor K9 René, retiring due to inoperable tumor

September 4, 2017
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Federal police honored the work of René, a Labrador Retriever, who has been a key member of the police force. He has helped in bringing down organized crime in Mexico, including confiscation of weapons, cash, drugs and other items involved in crimes, as well as saving lives through the rescue of victims in disasters.

The canine officer is seven years old and after more than five years of service in different states of Mexico, he began to show signs of health problems, so he was relieved from his activities for specialized veterinary care to perform clinical analysis.  Results determined that he has developed an inoperable tumor, which deteriorates his quality of life.

The ceremony for René, who was donated to Mexico as part of the Merida Initiative, was held at the facilities of the Canine Unit of the Federal Forces Division, one of the spaces that the unit has to protect and monitor the health status of canine officers.




In a statement, the National Security Commission indicated that commanders and operative personnel recognized the work of René in the different entities where he had worked, the canine was awarded a ribbon, and his handler thanked everyone for the friendship and fellowship that they shared during the last five years.

Veterinarians determined that the canine’s tumor is possibly of genetic origin, which will cause spasms of pain with a progressive intensity, the reason why he is being retired from the force.

For the Federal Police, the absence of this canine officer represents a great loss, so he will always be remembered, as a companion who at all times provided the best qualities of his kind to serve Mexico.