Rebel retires after 'storied' 8-year career as K-9 officer

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The Maplewood Police Department is wishing one if its veterans a happy retirement.

Rebel, a K-9 officer for eight years, helped apprehend 225 suspects in his career and conducted countless building and evidence searches, the Maplewood City Council said Monday night as it approved the officer's retirement and transferred his ownership to his human partner, Sgt. Brian Bierdeman, according to meeting minutes

Police say Rebel's run as a police service dog "was storied and profoundly successful," noting Sgt. Bierdeman's retirement is "many years away," but "it's time now for Rebel to enjoy retirement as a family pet."

Rebel worked his last shift for the Maplewood Police Department on Jan. 1.

At Monday's city council meeting, Sgt. Bierdeman and Rebel were both issued the department's Meritorious Service Award for their dedicated service, a post on the department's Facebook page says.

Rebel's partner was also honored for his 10 years of service as a Ramsey County SWAT member.

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