Police German Shepherd Caine died last Thursday to a severe illness that he could not survive. (Courtesy Photo)

Last ride for beloved deceased police K-9

PEABODY — A police procession scheduled for Wednesday will honor Caine, the deceased department K-9 credited with finding since 2016 more than 30 people reported missing or sought by police. 

Caine died Thursday with his handler, Officer Corey Salvo, by his side after veterinarians at Bulger Veterinary Hospital in Lawrence determined last Wednesday that Caine, a German shepherd, could not survive his illness. 

"He served the Peabody Police Department and Officer Salvo with fierce loyalty, commitment and distinction," Peabody Police stated in a Facebook post. 

Peabody Police have invited colleagues from other departments to assemble at Bulger Veterinary, 141 Winthrop Avenue, Lawrence before the procession's 10:30 a.m. start.

The procession will travel Route 114 East to Peabody and pass the Northshore Mall before entering Wilson Square. It will pass through Wilson Square onto Central Street to Peabody Square, then turn right onto Lowell Street. After passing City Hall, the procession will turn left on Perkins Street and onto Allens Lane before turning into the Peabody Police Department parking lot. 

City residents and anyone else interested in showing their respect are invited to assemble along the procession route. Law enforcement officers will conduct a "walk by" tribute to Caine in the department training room following the procession. 

Caine was just over a year old when he joined the department in 2016. Working with Salvo, he was deployed more than 280 times in response to incidents including missing persons and calls from police for assistance in locating individuals wanted by police. 

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