ST. LOUIS, Mo. (CNN) – St. Louis County Police in Missouri, are mourning the deaths of two K-9 officers, who died on the same day.
There are pets, and then there are partners.
Officer Scott Scarborough said, “It is going to be hard to be without him because the last eight years, no matter what was going on, I had two extra eyes always watching me at all times.”
Officer Scott Scarborough is taking about officer Zar – his K-9 partner for the past eight years.
But on Tuesday, Scarborough noticed Zar was in pain, so he rushed him to the vet and got the bad news. The nine year old German shepherd was dying of advanced and aggressive cancer.
Scarborough said, “They said they could have done surgery but it only would have prolonged his life for two-three weeks maybe to three months, and the quality of his life would never be the same so that’s why the decision was made.”
The quality of Zar’s life previous to cancer was all about taking out bandits and drug dealers for the fun of it.
Scarborough said, “He was playing a game I taught him to play and he loved playing the game and he was very good at it.”
It was not a game to officer Scarborough however – who credits Zar with once having saved his life.
He would have done anything to be able to return the favor, but on Tuesday he knew the time had come to give Zar the gift of a peaceful passage.
Coincidentally on that same day, a retired county K-9 named lass was also being euthanized.
The double loss is hitting the department hard and officer Scarborough even harder.
Scarborough said, “Even today I, as second nature, I went to go for that split second I wanted to open the garage door to let him in the car and that is kind of when it hits home.”
For St. Louis County police this week is has given new meaning to the dog days of summer.