The Albuquerque Police Depart would like to announce the retirement of Police Service Dog Rex. Rex’s handler recently retired, and because Rex is beyond retirement age, he has been taken out of service. K9 Rex is a specifically trained animal who was emotionally bonded to his handler. At nine years old, he is too old to be utilized by another handler. Rex’s previous handler also has a small child at home which prevents him from keeping Rex as a pet. Currently, Rex is being cared for by Animal Services.
The Albuquerque Police Department is waiting for a legal opinion concerning pending litigation which involves Rex, to determine what further course of action should be taken. This will likely include putting the dog to sleep. The average retirement age of a Police K9 at APD is around seven years old. K9s perform very strenuous jobs on a daily basis. We would like to thank all of our K9s and their handlers for the important work they do in helping keep our community safe.
Celina Espinoza Communications and Community Outreach Director
Albuquerque Police Department