Abilene K-9‘medically' retires after impressive career

Thor was medically retired Jan. 23 by APD after 4 1/2 years on the force. (Courtesy: Abilene Police Department)

By Jamie Burch & Doug Myers/KTXS News

ABILENE, Texas -- He made more than 5,000 calls for service, 180 felony and 160 misdemeanor arrests, and seized illegal drugs with a street value of more than $1 million.

He, to say the least, had quite the career.

On Monday, Thor - one of the Abilene Police Department's five K-9s - retired after four-and-a-half years on the force.

And Thor was still ready to hit the streets for service.

"The brain still tells him he wants to go to work," Abilene police officer Josh New said. "The body can't do it anymore." PHOTO GALLERY --}

Thor had been purchased for APD in 2012, the result of a partnership between H-E-B and Abilene police.

New said Monday was "sad and happy."

"We get to start another career with a new dog," New said, choking up.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge announced Thor's accomplishments during a news conference on Monday.

Thor, meanwhile, will live the remainder of his life with New and New's wife.