The UCF Police Department plans to say goodbye to the agency's newest furry friend Buster on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Due to medical reasons, the 21-month-old German shepherd K-9 is being forced into early retirement, according to a UCF PD press release.

Buster joined UCF PD in November and became certified in April after completing 400 hours of training with Officer Matthew Scott.

He was purchased with money raised by the community and is still covered under warranty, meaning they will receive money toward purchasing a new dog in the next few weeks, according to the release.

When Buster was having difficulty playing with his favorite toy, Scott took him to the vet and discovered he has Temporomandibular Osteoarthritis, or TMJ, in both joints and has myositis of the jaw, which means he can't fulfill the duties expected of a full-service dog.

Although Buster won't be working with the UCF PD anymore, he will be adopted by an Osceola County family who will be able to provide for Buster and his medical requirements.


Bridgette Norris is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @blogginbridge or email her at

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