SOUTH PASADENA (CBSLA) — The South Pasadena Police Department just added two extra special members to its force.

As KCAL9/CBS2’s Jo Kwon reports, the police force on Wednesday made 8-year-old Sofia Angelats an honorary K9 handler and her dog Lucy an honorary police K9.

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“I love her with all my heart,” said Sofia about Lucy.

The Angelats adopted Lucy eight years ago. This year Lucy was diagnosed with a degenerative disease.

“Degenerative Myelopathy. It’s the same as humans and ALS,” said Sofia.

Mom and dad say the news was especially sad for Sofia.

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“We had been notified that Sofia had been crying in school,” said Sofia’s mom.

They set out on a mission to do something special for the best buds. They found a story about a dog with the same disease getting a special honor from the local police department.

“So I emailed our police chief and asked if they had a certificate to give our daughter,” said Sofia’s mom.

South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said of course.

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“Very easy decision,” said Miller.