The Livermore Police Department is mourning the loss of a four-legged friend who spent years helping the department and the community.
Police said Andy passed away this week after suffering from a kidney affliction. Andy was nearly 13 years old - that's 91 in dog years - and had served in the department under his handler, Officer Cindy Moore, for eight years.
Andy retired from the department several years ago and spent the last few years of his life at home with Officer Moore.
In a news release issued about Andy's death, the department said, "We want to thank Andy for his many years of dedicated service to the men and women of the Livermore Police Department and the Livermore community."
Canine handlers and their dogs have to go through rigorous training, according to the police department. Both dogs and handlers are required to complete a month long training course followed with specialized training.
The K-9 Unit in Livermore Police Department currently has one German Sheperd named Fin and a Labrador Retriever named Vertex.