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Lebanon Police Department says goodbye to K9 Max, who has succumbed to cancer

Photos via Lebanon Police. RIP, Max. Read the full press release at the bottom of this page.

(Photo courtesy – Lebanon Police Department)

(Photo courtesy – Lebanon Police Department)

(Photo courtesy – Lebanon Police Department)

The following is a news release from the Lebanon Police Department:

On Dec. 11, 2017, Lebanon Police Department K9 Max succumbed to cancer when he was euthanized after a long and courageous battle. K9 Max, a Belgian Malinois, joined the department in 2007 and was trained by his handler, Officer Jeremy Perkins. K9 Max spent the next ten years in dedicated service to the Lebanon Police Department, the City of Lebanon and our residents.

Over the years, K9 Max was responsible for countless drug seizures, apprehensions and rescues. All Lebanon Police K9 teams train at the Vermont Police Academy and on several occasions, Officer Perkins and K9 Max were awarded the Vermont Police K9 Patrol Team of the Year award.

This past year, K9 Max had several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors from his body. Despite his cancer diagnosis and ongoing treatment, K9 Max continued to work along with Officer Perkins and they were an effective team until the very end. In November, K9 Max underwent a serious and invasive surgery to remove another cancerous tumor. Within a week of that surgery, K9 Max was back on patrol with Officer Perkins continuing to battle and continuing to serve our City.

K9 Max spent his last day on patrol with his handler doing his duty, as he did for last ten years. At approximately 1 p.m, K9 Max and Officer Perkins arrived at Stonecliff Animal Hospital where K9 Max entered the facility through a receiving line of police officers rendering a salute. After his passing, K9 Max was given his last radio call before being escorted by Lebanon Police cruisers to SAVES in Lebanon, where he was given one final send off before being cremated.

Video: The 12 cats who survived alleged abuse in Claremont are thriving

Thank you to the Sullivan County Humane Society for allowing us to share a clip from a longer video (which you can watch here) showing the progress of the 12 cats who survived alleged abuse in Claremont. Police said they found a single cat carrier, which the humane society said was suitable for one or two cats, stuffed with 14 cats outside in the cold last month. The cats were covered in blood, urine and feces, according to SCHS, and two of them did not survive.

However, three weeks on, the survivors are doing great! SCHS says the cats still need medical and dental care, but will be available for adoption “once they have been released by the courts and have a clean bill of health.”

The Sullivan County Humane Society exceeded its fundraising goal for the cats on GoFundMe. Follow SCHS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They are also a regular participant in the Valley News’ weekly adoptable pets series.

One of the 12 recovering cats in Claremont. (Photo courtesy - Sullivan County Humane Society)

One of the 12 recovering cats in Claremont. (Photo courtesy – Sullivan County Humane Society)