By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A retired Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 officer passed away last week, the department announced Tuesday.
Lou was a narcotics detection dog paired up with WHP Trooper Josh Hardee in 2009 who spent his 6-year career assigned to the Highway Patrol Division B in Casper. He retired in June 2015 due to chronic health concerns with his joint and hips.
During his career, Lou was deployed more than 400 times and helped seize 25 pounds of marijuana, 75 grams of cocaine, 318 grams of methamphetamine, 350 grams of illegal pills, four illegal guns and more than $433,000 in currency related to drug trafficking.
Lou also loved being around children, participating in several school events where students could meet and play with him.
During his five years of retirement, Lou spent time with Hardee and his family playing, chewing on tennis balls, counter surfing and watching over his family.
Before his passing, Lou enjoyed two cheeseburgers and a car ride.