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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/CBS) - Hundreds showed up Friday morning to mourn the loss of police K-9 Rocco, killed in the line of duty.
A motorcade made its way through the city, starting at the police training facility and eventually stopping at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, where Rocco's funeral was held.
Pittsburghers lined the streets on the cold morning to watch as the motorcade went by.
"I have a dog, and it's heartbreaking," said Carla Richards. "That somebody would do this to an animal, you know, he was defending his handler and everything, but it's still sad."
Inside the hall, hundreds of police officers, K-9s and civilians showed up to pay their respects to Rocco but also to pay tribute to all K-9 officers.
"I really want to honor this dog," said Bob Javionowski. "This is an incredible ceremony, and I really think it's something that makes Pittsburgh some place special. I mean, this dog died in defense, you know, of his fellow police officers. And anybody that has an animal just appreciates it. It's such a great loss. It's almost like losing an immediate member of your family."