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K-9 Reign Officially Becomes a Family Pet

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Enjoy that retirement, Reign!

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The West Hartford Police Department held a retirement celebration Friday afternoon, thanking K-9 Reign and his handler, Detective Rosario Savastra, for their years of service.

Savastra, who has been Reign’s handler since the dog was acquired in 2006, was promoted from officer to detective effective March 18. Although Reign could have been assigned to another handler, since he had reached retirement age (police dogs are typically retired at age 9 or 10), the decision was made to release the dog from service.

As is the custom with retired police dogs, Reign has become the handler’s family pet, and will continue to live with Savastra, his wife Andrea, and their 3-year-old daughter Chloe.

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