GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Officers and the public in southern New Jersey are mourning a police dog that battled cancer.

Sabre’s death on Thursday came five days after the Galloway Township Police Department held a retirement ceremony for the German shepherd.

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His partner, Officer Kevin Welsh, says the 7-and-a-half-year-old joined the department in 2005.

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Welsh says the canine excelled locating suspects and during drug investigations.

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