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K-9 Officer Bruno Retires After Seven Years

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Sgt. Greg Ernst with his dog and retired partner, Bruno. Sgt. Greg Ernst with his dog and retired partner, Bruno.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - For years, one Savannah-Chatham police officer has been making news for his outstanding crime-fighting skills. Now Bruno, the well known K-9 officer is retiring.

He's worked for the department for seven years and has been a real hero to many, including his partner Sgt. Greg Ernst.

These days, retired Bruno is spending his time smiling, wagging his tail and relaxing in the backyard and loves playing fetch with Sgt. Ernst. "He's spoiled at the house we take good care of him," said Ernst.

Up until last week, Bruno spent his time hunting for criminals, and nine times out of ten he catches them. In fact, Bruno is so good at his job, that he's often recognized for it. "There are a lot of criminals that are upset with him because of drug detection work, but we have had few compliment him on job we did," said Ernst.

Sgt. Ernst says Bruno is responsible for catching 300 criminals in his seven years on the force. "He's apprehended folks, we've had to fight a lot of folks more time than not the presence of the dog, the suspect surrenders," said Ernst.

It might all seem like a game to Bruno, but this dog is truly responsible for making the streets of Savannah safer. "He's been an outstanding partner," said Ernst.

Last week, Sgt. Ernst says he had to make the toughest decision of his life, the decision to retire his best friend. The reason, Bruno has cancer. "We went to a specialist in Jacksonville and they determined that he has cancer starts at his eyes and goes behind, so we've taken him off the street," said Ernst. "His heart is still in, but physically he can't do it anymore and this is the best decision for his health and safety." 

But no matter what happens, Sgt. Ernst says he intends to make sure his partner gets the best care around. "Committed to do whatever to help Bruno out," said Ernst.

He says it's just what partners do.

Sgt. Ernest says he hopes to get test results by the end of the week. After seven years on the job, Bruno will retire with the rank of Sergeant.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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