A retired Springfield Police service dog passed away this week.

Aries was 12 years old.

Aries spent five years on the force before retiring to live with his handler.

Press Release

On Monday, April 26, 2021, 12-year-old Retired Police Service Dog Aries passed away and was laid to rest today at Lakeland Pet Cemetery’s Police Service Dogs area.

Aries was with the Springfield Police Department for five years before retiring on September 9, 2016, due to long-term ailments.

During his career at SPD, Aries was a loyal servant to the department and the community. He made substantial contributions with approximately 764 deployments, locating 23 suspects and making 71 narcotics finds. He also led the department to approximately 80 arrests.

In retirement, Aries lived with his handler, Officer Tom Spence, and the Spence family. He led a peaceful life where he enjoyed relaxing with his family, wandering around outside, and watching the kids play.

Aries is remembered as a faithful companion and a true friend.

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