Lepanto police retiring department's only K9 officer

Lepanto police retiring department's only K9 officer

LEPANTO, AR (KAIT) - After a lengthy discussion, the Lepanto City Council decided to retire the police department's only K9 officer.

Cardi will become a family pet to the dog's now former handler, Officer Kevin Tucker.

"He'll get a relaxed and enjoyed life now instead of going to work," Tucker said.

Tucker lives out of town and has a lawn service, which would take Cardi out of service during the summer months.

Mayor Dale Dunlap mentioned the cost to keep Cardi would be too expensive for the city if he was not full time.

Tucker said Cardi spent six years with the police department.

"That's a little short, but it's not unheard of," Tucker said.

It is unclear when Cardi's last day of service is.

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