Louisville, KY – Indiana State Police (ISP) K9 Zeus died after battling a sudden illness last week.
ISP officials said that K9 Zeus joined the law enforcement agency from Hungary, WHAS reported.
After the German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix completed his training, the dog was originally partnered with then-ISP Trooper Tyson Waldron.
The state police said that K9 Zeus was specifically trained in narcotics detection and suspect apprehension, according to WHAS.
The highly-trained dog was briefly retired after Trooper Waldron was promoted to sergeant, but then K9 Zeus was brought out of retirement and returned to the agency to partner with ISP Trooper Logan Hensley.
ISP said that K9 Zeus spent the last year of his law enforcement career helping Trooper Hensley patrol the Indiana Toll Road, WHAS reported.
Officials said that the eight-year-old K9 officer became suddenly very ill last week, WBND reported.
Veterinarians tried to save the hero dog but could not.
K9 Zeus was humanely euthanized on Oct. 14, WBND reported.
During his law enforcement career, K9 Zeus recovered $540,700 in fraudulent credit cards, 56 illegally-possessed firearms, five pounds of methamphetamine, 1.2 pounds of cocaine, 3.3 pounds of heroin, 361 pounds of marijuana, $145,094 in seized drug money, and apprehended 12 suspects.
The @IndStatePolice is saddened to announce the passing of ISP K9 Zeus.
He worked most recently with Trp. Hensley on the Toll Road after coming out of retirement from the @ISPFortWayne District working alongside Sgt. Waldron. https://t.co/RqR5Iqxa08 pic.twitter.com/2Fg3LauMHv
— Sgt. Ted Bohner (@ISPBremen) October 19, 2022
Indiana State Police Mourn the Loss of K9 Zeus https://t.co/RfnLC886rU
— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) October 19, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Indiana State Police and Trooper Hensley in the loss of K9 Zeus.