Lamar PD sends off K-9 Hondo with retirement party

LAMAR, Mo. – A long time officer with the Lamar Police Department said his final goodbyes Thursday as he headed off into retirement.

That officer is Hondo, a K-9 unit. Officials say Hondo has served for nine years and assisted in the seizure of more than a 1,000 grams of marijuana, 4,000 grams of meth, and numerous weapons. He will now live out the rest of his life at the home of his handler.

Before retiring though, Hondo was able to show his replacement Tosca the ropes.

“The good thing with that is that for the last 3 years, I have been hauling 2 dogs,” said K-9 Handler Corporal Toby Luce. “So she’s been in the car since she was 6 weeks old, so it made it easier for a transition for me, not necessarily for him but for me to be able to take just one dog. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have went cold turkey and went without a dog at all.”