One of the Waxahachie Police Department’s most loyal four-legged members passed away Monday after seven years of faithful service to the city.
Cross, a Waxahachie Police K9 dog, was a Belgian Malinois mix that was dual-trained in both narcotics detection and apprehension. Waxahachie Police Cpl. Chance Huckabee served as his handler throughout Cross' public service.
He was set to retire next year and live out the rest of his life with his handler at home.
“He’s pretty much known me his entire life,” Huckabee said in a previous Daily Light report.
Cross was taken into a local veterinarian office on Monday after a lump was discovered on his side, according to a Waxahachie Police press release. A medical examination revealed that Cross had an advanced stage of cancer.
When it was concluded that Cross’ cancer had spread beyond treatment and that it was clear he was in pain, the decision was made to end his suffering.
“He’s my best friend,” Huckabee previously stated. “He gets to come to work with me every day. He watches my back; I watch his back. We kind of take care of each other.”
Cross was an ambassador for the department during his career in law enforcement. According to the WPD media release, Cross was responsible for numerous arrests and he won multiple trophies in several police K9 competitions.
Cross was unique in that he could put on his “work” face and apprehend the toughest criminal, yet he was friendly enough to let kids pet and play with him.
“Cross was a truly valuable asset to the department,” Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby stated in the release. “He loved his work because to him, it was just play. He was a great partner for corporal Huckabee and we will truly miss him.”
A memorial service for Cross will be held 4 p.m. Monday, April 8 at the Waxahachie Police Department, located at 630 Farley Street. The public is welcome to attend.