COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Colonie Police say one of their former K9’s has passed away. The dog’s name was Patriot.
Patriot served the Colonie Police Department with distinction for seven years until her retirement in 2011. She was enjoying her retirement with her handler, Patrol Officer Mark Mauro and family when she passed away from on-going health issues. Patriot was 12 years old.
Patriot was born in the Czech Republic and was the first female police K9 in the department’s history. As a police K9, she was involved in the detection of numerous amounts of illegal narcotics and marijuana, as well as the recovery of evidence. She assisted the department with the successful tracking of criminals and locating missing civilians. Additionally, she assisted several State, Federal and local agencies during her service.
Patriot spent countless hours meeting children where she displayed her skills during demonstrations at the local elementary schools and parks. She was the 10th police K9 in the history of the department.