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Willmar Police Officer Craig Lange, the department’s canine handler, will continue to care for the department’s German shepherd, Cato, but the dog’s ill health has forced it to be retired from active duty. They are shown here in a file photo from the department. (Submitted photo courtesy of the Willmar Police Department)

Willmar, Minn., police canine Cato now retired from duty due to ill health

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By Gretchen Schlosser

WILLMAR — Cato, the 12-year-old German shepherd serving as the Willmar Police Department’s canine unit, is retiring due to health problems.

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According to Police Chief David Wyffels, the dog is having hip problems and is not expected to live much longer.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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