- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

MELROSE, Mass. (AP) - The Melrose Police Department is mourning the death of its retired K-9.

Chief Michael L. Lyle said the flag outside the station was flown at half-mast Wednesday in honor of Jony. He says the 9-year-old German Shephard died over the weekend.

Police say Jony was part of the department’s first and only K-9 program. The dog was paired with Patrol Officer Joseph Donovan.

Police say Jony assisted in locating at least nine suspects and located missing persons in Melrose and neighboring communities during eight years with the department.

Jony was born in Gelnica, Slovakia, and arrived in the United States as a 10-month-old puppy.

Members of the Melrose Police Department will wear black mourning bands this week in Jony’s honor.

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