K-9 Gangster to go home with officer after diagnosis by local veterinarian

Keith Reyes and Gangsta
Officer Keith Reyes and Gangster

Hard-working K-9 Gangster will be getting an early retirement after a diagnosis by a local veterinarian.

Gangster, a member of the Lady Lake Police Department, was diagnosed in January by veterinarian Tina Merritt with chronic skin issues and some musculoskeletal issues.

“We are now concerned he may be developing Degenerative Myelopathy. This is a slowly progressive neurological disease that will affect his ability to work. Gangster should probably be retired from working service,” she said.

For the past three years, Gangster has been paired with Officer Keith Reyes. Gangster will be going home for good with Reyes, who is purchasing the dog from the Town of Lady Lake for $1.

Chief of Police Chris McKinstry said Gangster and Reyes have established a bond.

Reyes will pay $1 for the dog. The town will cease to have liability for the dog once Reyes officially takes possession of Gangster.

The police department is looking at possible options to replace Gangster.