Abilene Police Department K-9 retiring next week

Thor and Officer Josh New (2017)

ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Police Department will retire one of its five K-9 officers next week.

K-9 Officer Thor will be medically retired on Monday.

"Sad day for APD and Abilene," the department said in a post on social media. PHOTO GALLERY --}

The 8-year-old German Shepherd joined APD on April 30, 2012 and has teamed up with his handler, Officer Josh New, ever since.

APD will partner with grocery store chain H-E-B to purchase a replacement. H-E-B also paid for Thor when his predecessor, Diablo, was retired from active duty due to a debilitating health condition.

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