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Rukus, the 13-year-old German Shepherd, died earlier this week after five years of retirement.

“Rukus was a true servant to the citizens of Worcester County, an incredible law enforcement partner and a cherished member of my family, we will miss him dearly” said Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Captain Thomas Chabot, in a release sent Wednesday.

Rukus was trained in narcotics detection and served the Sheriff’s Office for eight years alongside Chabot. Rukus retired in April, 2012.

“Rukus served the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office with distinction as a patrol and narcotics detection K-9 for eight years. He was a loyal partner, companion and family pet to Captain Chabot and his family,” said Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.