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Saying goodbye to Fulton County K-9 Mokey
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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- K-9 teams from across metro Atlanta gathered in Roswell Thursday morning to say goodbye to a beloved member of the Fulton County Sheriff's Office.

Mokey, a retired K-9, was put to rest at 11 a.m., at Pets Are People Too Roswell Animal Hospital. The black Labrador Retriever suffered from arthritis and other ailments for the past year, and his condition deteriorated significantly in recent weeks.

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Retired Sgt. Kirk Markham, Mokey's partner, was there to be with the K-9 in his final moments.

"There's so much work and so much love that are put into these dogs that it hurts when they leave us," Markham said. "We're with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They know our good days and our bad days. But they're still there. They give us unconditional love."

Fulton County Sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said Mokey was the department's first explosives K-9. He was trained in detection by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, and had a long and distinguished career that included bomb detection sweeps at county facilities.

Mokey worked with Markham for seven years. Markham continued to care for Mokey after the pair retired in 2011.

"K-9 Mokey's noble service will be remembered, as will be his excellent temperament and dedication to protecting the citizens of Fulton County," the sheriff's office said on its Facebook page.

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