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Police Department K-9 Passes Away

Leo was with Wakefield Police for 7 years. Inoperable tumor was found recently.

Courtesy Photo/Wakefield Police
Courtesy Photo/Wakefield Police

Wakefield Police announced Monday morning that the department K-9, Leo, has passed away.

Police reported that an inoperable fast-growing cancerous tumor was found in Leo. “After much introspection and with guidance from the veterinarians, it was decided the humane thing to do was have him put to sleep,” reported Lt. Scott Reboulet in an email to local media.

Leo had been a member of the Wakefield Police Department for 7 years and was described as an invaluable asset to both the department and town.

“Over the years, Leo was instrumental in many drug searches & seizures, searches for criminals as well as missing persons. Officer Rossicone and Leo also participated in many demonstrations for civic groups as well as for school children. Leo also had the ability to understand when he was “off-duty” and was the family pet for the Rossicone family as well,” said the announcement, adding that Leo will be sorely missed by the department and especially the Rossicone family.

At this point, Wakefield Police have yet to determine what the future of the town’s K-9 program will be moving forward. 

Heidi-Jean F. Rossicone December 17, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Thank you. I love these photos. Very nice.
Marianne E Zappala December 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Heidi and family, May you all know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, as you try to deal with you beloved loss of "Leo" there are no words to express your loss, I do hope that all the memories and photos, of you all with Leo, help to comfort you as you reflect in those beautiful memories and the legacy that he left. Marianne Zappala Dingle
DBC December 17, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Leo, now "off-duty" over the Rainbow Bridge, will be dearly missed but waits in perfect health to be reunited someday with those who he loved so much and loved him. Well done, Leo, good and faithful servant.

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