UISD Police Department prepares to say goodbye to long-time companion

The United Independent School District Police Department

Kelly is retiring after years of employment.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - They say every dog has his day, but after years of service, one dog is about to enjoy the rest of her life.

The United Independent School District Police Department's long-time explosive dog, Kelly, is retiring after ten years of employment.

"Kelly's a very active dog," said UISD PD canine handler Ben Bondoc. "Even though she's ten years old, she's very hyper. But I think it's time for her to retire and enjoy the rest of her life as a normal dog, you know?"

The department has already received another dog, Aaron, that comes from Germany and was donated by TSA. Even though the force feels like Aaron is more than ready for his new job as an explosive dog, they're still having a hard time saying goodbye to Kelly.

"Once you work with a dog for several years, they become part of your life," said UISD PD canine handler Penny Longoria. "It's like having a child. So once she retires, she'll be living at home comfortably, playfully, with canine handler Ben Bondoc."

Kelly originally came to the force all the way from the Netherlands. Her favorite food is carne asada.

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