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Police Dog Remembered At Keesler Memorial Service

A full military memorial service held at Keesler Air Force Base Tuesday honored a very special dog.

Eleven-year old Bruno, a Belgian Malinois, served seven years with the Keesler Security Police. The dog helped with numerous drug busts and sting operations, but had to be put to sleep last week after suffering a severe spinal problem.

Tuesday's service was held at Larcher Chapel, complete with a portrait of Bruno, his toys, and a TAPS dedication.

Bruno's last handler says it's hard to say good bye to a great partner and friend.

"When Bruno got here, the working relationship we had, I was on the receiving end of his patrol work. I was the first decoy he got to bite and it developed from there. He was a real good dog, just great to be around, just his personality. It's going to be hard," Staff Sergeant Erik Castro said.

Bruno's ashes will be spread in a private dedication ceremony at Keesler's new kennel facility which will open in October.

Keesler currently has seven military working dogs on duty.

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