(SEYMOUR) - Seymour Police Officer Adam Surface will miss his canine partner Niko.
After serving the city for more than two years, Niko, a Belgian Malinois/German shepherd mix, has been retired because of health issues and now has a new home.
Seymour Board of Public Works and Safety approved a request from Chief Bill Abbott to transfer ownership of Niko from the department to a relative of a current police officer.
Niko has developed hip issues, similar to arthritis and it is becoming difficult for him to move around. A veterinarian in Louisville, recommended Niko retire. Although it hasn't developed into full hip dysplasia yet, Surface says the condition greatly affected Niko's ability to work.
Seymour Police began its K9 unit in 2004 and now has just one police dog, Redge, on active duty, and two others, Jake and Koa, that are retired.
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