The scene outside a New York veterinarian’s office was a somber one as 20 New York Police Department officers lined up to give a final salute to Angel, a 4-year-old K-9 officer, before she was euthanized.
Angel, a bloodhound who helped locate missing autistic children and hunted down criminals in her career as an officer, belonged to Officer Manuel Orellana. Angel was diagnosed with cancer in August. “She was a trooper, man. She was strong,” Manuel said. “She’s gonna be missed. She was a good dog.”
Angel was named in honor of Detective Rafael Ramos, who was shot and killed in 2014 while sitting in his police car. Not only did Angel go to work with Officer Orellana daily, she lived with him, too. “Just me and her. She was my woman.”
“She’d always get herself into trouble,” Manuel added. “I have a garden in my backyard. I’ll go out there and she’ll have an eggplant in her mouth or a cucumber.”
NYPD tweeted about Angel’s passing, writing: “#NYPD ESU #K9 is sad to announce the passing of a 4-year-old Bloodhound Angel after a brief fight with cancer. Angel seen here with her sister Liu Liu are both named in honor of hero Detectives Ramos & Liu who were tragically shot and killed in December 2014. #RIP.”
We’re so sorry to hear of Angel’s passing, but we’re very proud of the amazing work she did for the NYPD and the lives she both saved and changed throughout her short time on earth. Now she truly is an Angel watching over everyone from above.
Footage provided by WPIX New York
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