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Sublette County Gets New K9 And Dog Body Armor

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office has a new furry colleague joining its ranks, taking over for a K9 officer that died in November, the organization announced this week.

On Tuesday, the office introduced K9 Frankie to the world as the newest member of its agency. Frankie is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois from Mexico.

The dog has been training with Deputy Krystal Mansur, who will be her handler. Frankie has been trained to detect illegal drugs.

Frankie is taking over for the office’s late K9 Tonka, who passed away in November.

“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 (Frankie’s) two favorite things were finding drugs, and her ball.”

In addition to bringing Frankie on board, the office received a donation of body armor for its newest teammate.

The bullet and stab-proof vest comes from the nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, which provides these type of vests to law enforcement and related agency animals.

Frankie’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ike, Vancouver Police Department.”

Since its inception in 2009, Vested Interest has provided more than 4,210 vests to K9 officers in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, financed by both private and corporate donations.

Each vest has a value of $1,744 to $2,283, weighs an average of 4 to 5 pounds, and comes with a five-year warranty.

The program provides vests for U.S. dogs at least 20 months old that are actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.

There are an estimated 30,000 K9 officers in the United States.

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UW Police Mourn Loss of K9 Colleague Mulder

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The University of Wyoming Police Department is currently mourning the loss of its K9 colleague, Mulder.

The department announced the loss of Mulder on Saturday, noting it was unexpected.

Sgt. Chad Bade told Cowboy State Daily that Mulder had recently been diagnosed with cancer and there wasn’t a firm timeline on when he might pass.

“He took a quick turn,” Bade said, adding the department ultimately decided to put Mulder to sleep to keep him from suffering.

Mulder was 10 and had worked for the police department since 2012.

He worked with his handler, Sgt. Josh Holland, as an explosives investigator, doing sweeps at various sporting events at the University of Wyoming, in the Laramie community and for events such as Cheyenne Frontier Days and the National High School Rodeo Finals.

“Mulder was kind of a ditz and in la la land, but when it came time to go to work, it was game on for him,” Bade said. “He was really well-liked in the office. Everyone loved Mulder. You had to know his personality, but he was great.”

Bade added Mulder was good friends with Enzo, his K9 that passed away back in September. Now, the department is without any K9s and Bade it is definitely not the same in the office.

“These dogs were a huge help at the games at UW, because they help put the public’s interest at ease,” Bade said. “We’re sad. We miss Mulder.”

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Sublette County Sheriff Mourns Loss Of K9 Officer

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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.”

This isn’t a unique story to Wyoming, but it is just as heartbreaking as all of them.

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