01/30/2015 08:03 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT

Winnipeg Police mourn death of top service dog involved in more than 500 arrests

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Police are mourning the death of a top service dog that was involved in more than 500 arrests.

Judge, an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, died this week after retiring last year.

Sgt. Dave Bessason of the Winnipeg Police K9 unit says Judge was a great tracker who loved to work.

Since his retirement Judge had been living with his handler.

Bessason says Winnipeg Police believe Judge was one of the best service dogs in Canada.

He says Judge has left a living legacy, siring 23 puppies over the years that are now working across the country and the U.S., with more to come through artificial insemination.

"We have samples from Judge for probably another 10 to 12 breedings," Bessason said Friday.

"We saw the abilities of that dog and wanted to make sure for the future that we produce the very best dogs possible." (CJOB)