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.