Gillette – Sadly we report that one of the Patrol's beloved K-9's, Flora, has had to be put down this past week. The passing of Flora will be a great loss for the agency, but even a greater loss for Flora's handler and partner, Trooper Josh Undeberg.
K-9 Flora was diagnosed with cancer in her lungs and it had progressed far enough that she was euthanized after a veterinarian discovered that the cancer was inoperable.
We were unaware that Flora was this sick until this past weekend when the symptoms came on suddenly.
Flora was a 6 year-old black Labrador Retriever and was certified by the National Police Canine Association to detect the scent of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. She was one of eight drug detection K-9's that the Wyoming Highway Patrol has deployed around the State. During her service with the WHP Flora was responsible for numerous felony and misdemeanor drug arrests.
During her 261 deployments she is credited with the confiscation of over 269 pounds of marijuana, 64 pounds of cocaine and 15.2 pounds of methamphetamine. This illegal drug amount would have had an approximate street value of just over $4,677,337.00. In addition to the drugs she was responsible for the seizure of over $22,819.00 in U.S. currency believed used in criminal enterprise.
Flora came to the WHP in 2009 and was currently assigned to Trooper Undeberg who is stationed in Gillette. The WHP K-9 handlers are allowed to take their K-9's home with them after each shift. They actually become part of the Trooper's family.
Flora made a significant and positive impact on the safety of the citizens of the State of Wyoming removing dangerous and illegal drugs from the highways of Wyoming.
K-9 Flora was a loyal partner and will be missed by the Undeberg family and the entire Patrol.