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UHP Mourns Loss Of 9-Year Veteran K-9 Officer

Dec 21, 2019, 7:45 PM | Updated: 8:02 pm

(Courtesy Utah Highway Patrol)...

(Courtesy Utah Highway Patrol)

(Courtesy Utah Highway Patrol)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A K-9 officer that had served with the Utah Highway Patrol for nearly a decade has lost his life.

Officials with the UHP announced the passing of the dog, named Duke, on their social media pages Friday.

Duke had served for nine years, from 2007 to 2016, with his handler and partner, Captain Steve Salas.

“He was responsible for removing (hundreds of pounds) of illicit drugs from the hands of criminal enterprises,” officials said in the post.

Details about Duke’s age and cause of death were not released.

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UHP Mourns Loss Of 9-Year Veteran K-9 Officer