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Hero Down: Missouri Highway Patrol K9 Cuba Succumbs To Cancer

Branson, MO – Missouri State Highway Patrol (MHP) K9 Cuba died on June 22, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

A University of Missouri veterinarian discovered the cancer while performing a hernia repair operation on K9 Cuba, KOLR reported.

It had already spread over his abdomen, according to the news outlet.

K9 Cuba’s family was told that his health would fail rapidly, so they made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him, KOLR reported.

“We are deeply saddened by this, but is best for Cuba,” said Laura Zeller, the wife of K9 Cuba’s partner, MHP Trooper Ryan Zeller.

The duo had served on the marine patrol together since September of 2012, KOLR reported.

Friends, family members, and fellow law enforcement officers lined up outside Animal Care in Branson on June 22 to thank K9 Cuba for his years of dedicated service.

“He’s one of us,” MHP Trooper Sam Carpenter told KYTV. “He does the same job we do just with no recognition at all. He is one of our brothers so it makes it tough. We are just all here to show support.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Trooper Zeller in the loss of K9 Cuba.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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