JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT via CNN Wire) -- A retired police K-9 dumped at a Mississippi animal shelter has a new "old" home.
The Labrador retriever named Ringo served nine years with the Jackson Police Department.
Before he became an officer, Ringo was trained by Randy Hare at the Alpha Canine Training Center in Jackson.
He recently was thought to be living in retirement with his handler, but that wasn't the case. Ringo was found at a local animal shelter and adopted by Hare after being abandoned by his handler.
"I don't know that there is a word for being both hurt and mad but I was both of them. And I still am. You know, it's just... you just don't turn your back on something like that that's been with you for nine years," Hare said. "Next thing we knew, we got a call from an animal shelter in Madison that Ringo was actually being housed there and up for adoption."
Jackson Police said once they were made aware of the issue, they reassigned Ringo's former handler to patrol duty, what many consider a demotion.
The department released a statement saying they hold their canines with high regard, and they're family.
Hare isn't too excited to train police dogs for JPD in the future.
"All I have to go on as far as Jackson Police Department is what's happened in the past. I know they have a new administration. I actually hope that they do better than they have in the past. But all I have to go on is the past. So for me, no."
When JPD found out about the issue, they implemented quarterly welfare checks for their K-9s, both active and retired.
Hare said he's thankful for people calling and checking in with him to adopt Ringo, but he said Ringo is very happy in his new home.
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