- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials have unveiled a memorial honoring state police dogs for their courage and sacrifice in serving the public.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and other government and police leaders celebrated the new memorial outside state police headquarters in Middletown on Wednesday.

The ceremony and memorial are marking 80 years of state police dog service. Officials say more than 500 state police canine teams have served in Connecticut. The memorial also will honor present and future police dogs.

The memorial has a depiction of a trooper and a police dog and an inscription that says the dogs’ loyalty, courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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