Redondo Beach Police K9 Boss, a 2-year-old belgian malinois, retired July 2, 2019 from service due to cancer. (Photo courtesy Robert Carlborg)

A Redondo Beach police dog named Boss, who had to cut his crime-fighting career short when he was diagnosed recently with spinal cancer, has died.

The Belgian Malinois was 2 1/2 years old.

In his final days, Boss was made comfortable at the home of his partner, Officer Robert Carlborg.

The two had just started to gel as partners when veterinarians discovered Boss had spinal cancer. It soon began to spread to his limbs, which made working impossible.

During his 14 months on the Redondo Beach police force, Boss conducted 45 searches and assisted in locating 31 suspects, according to the department.

“Boss was loved by everyone around him and will be sorely missed by Officer Carlborg and his family,” according to a press release issued by the Redondo Beach Police Department.

No memorial service is planned at this time.

Donations to the department’s canine team can be made at or through the Redondo Beach Police Department Foundation.

Contact Lisa Jacobs or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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