Officers with a Southwest Arkansas police department paid tribute Monday to one of their own as they memorialized a German Shepherd named Zorg.
The K-9 canine officer died last week from natural causes. They laid him to rest at East Memorial Gardens in Texarkana.
He was Officer Jeff Savage's partner on the Texarkana Police Department's force for seven years.
"It is a connection that only another K-9 handler could understand but because the things we go through with the dogs, because they really become a part of the family," Savage said. "It is like losing a family member."
After he retired, Zorg lived with Savage and his family.
"He was my brother, he was like my big brother," Amber Savage said of the dog.
Police said Zorg excelled in the area of narcotics detection and was responsible for several drug seizures.
East Memorial Gardens Cemetery has a special section designated for police K-9s.
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