UPDATE: Deputy and retiring K9 can stay together

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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(Source: Maricopa County) (Source: Maricopa County)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Good news for an MCSO deputy and his retiring K9. The pair will be allowed to stay together.

Deputy Larry Edwards  and "Kahr" have been partners for about three years,

Now, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has given Edwards the green light to adopt the dog.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Retiring MCSO K-9's future to be decided]

Kahr, who has put in a faithful eight years of service, has been diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a disease of the spinal cord. But Kahr is reportedly not in any pain.

Edwards says he's thrilled to have his partner home for good.

MCSO has said that  Edwards and Kahr have a very strong partner bond. "Kahr has demonstrated that he would fight until the end if Deputy Edwards was in danger."

Transfer of ownership required a unanimous Board vote, which the pair got on Wednesday.

"Since Kahr was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy earlier this year, his bond with Deputy Edwards has grown even stronger. He often follows him around, from room to room, wanting to be near him. Every time he sees Deputy Edwards in uniform he is immediately up and ready to go with him to work! His drive and energy to work has yet to cease," reads a statement from MCSO.

"He's been a great dog, great partner and it's tough to see him in this condition, but he's been a great tool and resource for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office," said Edwards.

Kahr had a great career, and spent much of his time running safety sweeps on big events like concerts, Suns games and even the Super Bowl.  

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