K9 'Torq' retires

Cottage Grove Police Chief Scott Shepherd (right) fought back tears during the Jan.8 city council meeting as he retired K-9 officer Torq. The dog, shown above with handler Sgt. Chris Joyce and Shepherd, had his first shift in Cottage Grove on Sept. 19, 2011 after being trained overseas in the Netherlands. The 10-year-old dog sustained an injury in late 2017, leading to his retirement. According to Shepherd, Torq now enjoys naps, camping and fun with Joyce and his family. 

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