Applaud Police for Sending Off Canine Hero with Full Honors

The Type of German Shepherd Used as a Police Dog

Target: David Capetillo, Oviedo Florida police officer

Goal: Thank a Florida police department for sending off a canine hero the right way.

Nero, a German Shepherd that suffered from terminal cancer, was given full salutes as he was regrettably led to his final earthly destination. In fact, Oviedo police officers did everything they could do to make sure Nero was presented with the full honors he truly deserved.

Nero heroically served as a police dog with the Oviedo, Florida Police Department for four years. His accomplishments include helping to catch drug dealers, locating missing people and diligently locating runaway suspects. He was even introduced to kids at local schools for the purpose of teaching children about police dogs and their human partners.

With a heavy heart, Nero’s partner–Officer David Capetillo–drove Nero to the veterinarian clinic as over a dozen officers took time out of their busy schedules to follow behind them while flashing their blue lights. Such an honor is usually given to police officers who have died in the line of duty. Still, these officers knew this dog deserved to be presented with the same amount of respect before finally being “blessed with his angelic wings.”

As Officer Capetillo walked into the veterinarian clinic, officers stood proudly and saluted Nero, providing him with a full guard of honours. The Last Post was even played to thank Nero for his heroic dedication and service. Sign this petition and thank Officer Capetillo and the Oviedo, Florida police department for taking the time to send Nero off in the generous and heartfelt way in which he truly deserved. Dogs are our friends, but sometimes we forget that they are also our heroes. Please take the time to honor one by signing this petition today.


Dear Officer Capetillo,

It was recently learned that your partner Nero was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Understandably, because the dog was greatly suffering, he had to be put to sleep for humane reasons. Despite the busy day Oviedo Police Officers faced, you and your department took the time to send off Nero with the full honors he truly deserved.

Learning about this very sad tragedy is extremely difficult, as we are reminded that many of our four-legged friends have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to make sure community members stay safe. However, while reading about this story is not easy, we are thankful that Oviedo police officers took the time out of their hectic day to pay tribute to such a special canine hero who will be dearly missed.

Thank you for recognizing Nero for all of his outstanding and selfless contributions, and for providing him with the same goodbye as you would give to a fallen officer. We appreciate your thoughtfulness, and please know that the animal rights community grieves beside you during this most tragic time.

Nero, it is with honor that we thank you for your devoted service. Officer Capetillo, we thank you again for giving Nero the send off he truly deserved, and we hope that you will keep this petition in honor of Nero, a true canine hero.


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Photo Credit: Jakub Halun via Wikimedia Commons

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