Miami-Dade Police Canine Officer Rocco Dies

Officer Rocco was 9.

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 9:05 PM EDT
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The Miami-Dade Police Department lost a four-legged friend on Thursday.

Canine Officer Rocco died after 7 years on the force from prostate cancer, according to a post on the police department's Facebook page.

Rocco, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, served with Officer Andy Giordani with whom he conducted 670 searches resulting in 72 subject apprehensions, according to the Facebook post. During one of his searches, a subject shot at Officer Giordani and struck Rocco and the back-up officer, but he returned to work after treatment and therapy.

"He will be greatly missed by his extended police family," reads the Facebook post.

According to spokesperson Aida Fina-Milian, Giordani was not in any state to comment.

"It's like losing a family member," she said.

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