Police Department Says An Emotional Farewell To Decorated K-9

It was an emotional farewell as law enforcement officers gathered at the Veterinary Hospital to say goodbye to a decorated member of the Holmdel Police Department.


K-9 DiOGi served the Police Department, for approximately seven years, with partner K-9 Officer Joseph Van Pelt, but was recently diagnosed with inoperable leukemia.



Van Pelt gave his partner a kiss on the head and then walked him into the animal hospital where DiOGi was euthanized after a lengthy and painful battle with the disease.

Over 60 officers showed up for Diogi’s final call and saluted him as he was wheeled into the hospital by Van Pelt and other officers.



After DiOgi was euthanized, the voice of a dispatcher was played over a speaker: “All units be advised, this is the final call for K-9 DiOGi…. DiOGI has been a beloved member of the Holmdel Township Police Department and his years of service and dedication will never be forgotten.”

The 8-year-old German Shepherd earned numerous life saving medals, helped find missing children and adults with Alzheimer’s, and assisted in hundreds of narcotics investigations that resulted in countless arrests.

RIP DiOgi, thank you for your service