By Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A Coeur d’Alene officer is training a new police dog following the retirement of his K-9 partner, Maxx.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports (https://bit.ly/1TjEXoe ) that officers held a retirement ceremony Thursday to honor the German shepherd that has served with the department for eight years. Officer Andy Sterling, who has helped train Maxx, says the dog’s career has come to an end due to his age and recommendations from a veterinarian.

The 10-year-old K-9 has spent most of his life working to sniff out marijuana and methamphetamine in Coeur d’Alene. Chief Lee White says Maxx has had hundreds of drug finds during his time at the department.

Sterling is now training his new partner Halo, a 2-year-old German shepherd born in Slovakia.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, https://www.cdapress.com

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