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K-9 Kenny retires from Hull Police Department

Officer John Mercer and K-9 Kenny at Saturday’s retirement ceremony.
Officer John Mercer and K-9 Kenny at Saturday’s retirement ceremony. (Hull Police Department)

He is 8 years old and already retired.

The Hull Police Department bid farewell to K-9 Kenny, a black Dutch Shepherd, in grand fashion Saturday.

Along with his handler, Officer John Mercer, K-9 Kenny received a service award during a retirement ceremony attended by dozens of guests, including many officers on the South Shore department.

“Your service to the Town of Hull is much appreciated,” police wrote in a Facebook post.

For his celebration, K-9 Kenny sported a snappy pair of sunglasses and indulged in a cake adorned with a Milk Bone.

K-9 Kenny’s special retirement cake.
K-9 Kenny’s special retirement cake.(Hull Police Department)

“Kenny says post retirement he looks forward to being a normal dog, lounging around the house while chewing his favorite Kong toys, and going on long walks,” police wrote.

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Deputy Chief Neil Reilly said K-9 Kenny retired because of age. The department is actively looking for his replacement. The new police dog will probably be trained to help with narcotics investigations, and search and rescue operations, he said.

K-9 Kenny, who joined the force in 2010, spent the last four years paired with Officer Mercer. The two were a great match. Mercer taught Kenny the delicate dance of being a tough but friendly police dog, Reilly said.

“They have become so close . . . Kenny had a great personality — that’s the thing,” Reilly said. “If he had to track through the woods, he could be as aggressive as needed.”

In retirement, Kenny will go home to live with Mercer. The officer bought a German Shepard so that his former partner in crime-fighting doesn’t get lonely, Reilly said.

Kenny “will continue to be a part of the Hull Police Department and Mercer’s family,” Reilly said. “He was a fantastic dog.”

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Alejandro Serrano can be reached at alejandro.serrano@globe.com.