Officers never wanted to get to this point, having to replace their trusted partner, and friend. Chip, the Kronenwetter Police Department’s only K9 officer.
“I wish we had more years together,” Luis Lopes-Serrao, said. Lopes Serrao was Chip’s handler. The two were inseparable.
“When Chip died you could see it effected him,” Chief Daniel Joling said. “They did everything together. Chip went home with (Lopes-Serrao) and came to work with him.”
Chip was put down last month after he contracted a serious illness. Officers say it was tough for many reasons.