By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office lost a beloved members of its team this week when K9 officer Tonka passed away.
The sheriff’s office announced the passing of Tonka on Wednesday. Tonka was partnered with SCSO Deputy Krystal Mansur last November, working closely by her ever since.
Tonka was trained as a narcotics detecting canine and was very effective in her work, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Deputy Mansur described her partner as the best, sweet, loving, dog with a great nose and loved to work,” Sergeant Travis Bingham said. “She went on to say her two favorite things were finding drugs, and her ball.”
It was recently discovered that Tonka was battling a rare, fatal kidney disease. She was put to sleep on Monday surrounded by her coworkers, friends and Mansur.
“There is an incredible bond between canine handler and their dog,” the post said. “Please keep Deputy Mansur, her family and the Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts as we navigate this very difficult loss to our agency.”