The Rhode Island State Police (RISP) is in mourning for one of its former K-9s. K-9 Thoreau, who joined the Rhode Island State Police in 2014 as the state’s first electronic storage device detection dog, passed away. Thoreau worked alongside Trooper Adam Houston and carried out over 200 searches related to child exploitation, cybercrime, and terrorism. Originally bred to be a seeing-eye dog, Thoreau failed the screening process before being adopted by the Connecticut State Police and trained to become one of the first two electronic storage device detection dogs in the country. The Rhode Island State Police shared two photos of Thoreau on their Facebook page.

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