NYPD Gets Ex-Military Dog, a 1st for the Force

The 4-year-old German shepherd named Caeser served three tours of duty overseas

Monday, Feb 24, 2014  |  Updated 9:06 AM EDT
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NYPD Gets Ex-Military Dog, a 1st for the Force

Caesar is the NYPD's first ex-military dog.

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The NYPD is welcoming a newcomer that's the first of his kind for the nation's largest police department: a former military service dog.

The 4-year-old German shepherd named Caeser served three tours of duty overseas. Now he'll be patrolling the New York City subways with Officer Juan Rodriguez.

The Defense Department has long made some of its retired dogs available to law enforcement agencies, but the NYPD hasn't had one before. The arrangement saves the police force the $6,000 to $8,000 cost of training an inexperienced dog.
 

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