The Rhode Island State Police (RISP) are grieving the loss of one of their former K-9s. K-9 Thoreau joined the Rhode Island State Police back in 2014 as the first electronic storage device detection dog in the state. Throughout his career, Thoreau conducted over 200 searches related to child exploitation, cybercrime, and terrorism alongside his handler, Trooper Adam Houston. Although Thoreau was initially bred to be a seeing-eye dog, he failed the screening process. He was eventually adopted by the Connecticut State Police and trained to become one of the first two electronic storage device detection dogs in the country. Rhode Island State Police shared pictures of Thoreau on their Facebook page to honor him.

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