Adis, the official canine of the Hyde Park Police Department, is hanging up his collar.
He has served on the force, tracking individuals and sniffing out narcotics for the last decade, and a chronic stiffness in his back legs has lead to his inevitable retirement.
Sgt. William Truitt of the Hyde Park Police Department has requested permission to take in Adis as a family pet.
“I urge the town board to approve Sgt. Truitt’s request of keeping the dog given their long standing relationship,” said Chief James McKenna.
McKenna said one reason the decision to retire Adis was so easy to make is the department has already found his replacement, a German shepherd named General.
“This dog has classic breeding and will be an excellent tracking dog as well as helping officers locate and unearth hidden contraband,” said Truitt during the last regular meeting of the town board, at which General was introduced to the public.
General was brought into the Hyde Park Town Hall meeting room without a leash and barked an introduction to the people he will serve.
“He’s incredibly well behaved for his age,” said Truitt. “I don’t even use a leash and he just follows me around.”
The board took a moment to thank Adis for his service to the town and thanked Truitt for taking him into his home and providing him with a suitable environment in which to spend his golden years.
“We just want to thank Adis for everything he has done for the town,” said Supervisor Pompey Delafield. “We are proud to welcome General to the force as the new official canine.”