K-9 officer Mac retires from Miramar Police Department

Retirement package includes milk bone cake, tennis balls

MIRAMAR, Fla. - After a distinguished decade with the Miramar Police Department, K-9 officer Mac retired Thursday.

"For 10 years he has had my back, so he has just been a great dog," handler Edel Esponda told Local 10 News.

The Belgian Malinois had a retirement party with plenty of pomp and circumstance. His fellow officers even put together a retirement package for Mac that includes a milk bone cake and a bowl full of tennis balls.

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During his illustrious career sniffing for explosives and finding bad guys, Mac has worked two Super Bowls, the NBA Finals, presidential visits and international summits. But his handler said Mac's finest moment was during an armored Brinks truck robbery in 2010. The robber killed the driver and then took off with the gun and hid until Mac found him.

"During an interview with the FBI, (the robber) told them that he was thinking of shooting it out with the police," Esponda said. "I had an officer on a perimeter position about 20 feet from him with his back to where the subject was hiding. Not only did he save this officer, but he could have saved my life."

In a cruel irony, Mac will spend his well-earned twilight years with his handler's loving family, taking orders from a bossy Yorkshire terrier named Taz.

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