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ROSWELL, Ga. – A police dog’s yearlong battle with severe arthritis came to an end Thursday morning. K-9 Officer Mokey was put-down around 11:00 a.m. in Atlanta.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office says arthritis left Mokey unable to stand on his own.

Mokey’s former partner Ret. Fulton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kirk Markham says Mokey responded to bomb threats, did security sweeps at several major events including four Super Bowls.

Police dog euthanized
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office says farewell to K-9 Mokey

“Mokey rewrote the script on his own without even typing or knowing how to spell with his paws,” says Markham.  “It’s just the way that he worked, and so many shell casings and other things that were related to homicides that he found that just blew the homicide commanders and the deputy chiefs and even the chiefs away.”

Markham said Mokey was first raised to be a seeing-eye dog, but was too active to fill the role.

Mokey was put down after a yearlong battle with arthritis.
Mokey was put down after a yearlong battle with arthritis.

“I think he just said, ‘This is no fun.  I’m a guy of action.  I need to get into law enforcement work,’ and it suited him,” says Markham.  “Bomb-detection work was the job for Mokey.”

Markham choked back tears while speaking to Channel 2 Action News.

“They know our good days… and they know our bad days,” said Markham between sobs. “But they’re still there, and they give us unconditional love. And they always come to work, no matter what.”

"He was more than my partner," said Sgt. Markham. "He was my best friend."
“He was more than my partner,” said Sgt. Markham. “He was my best friend.”