Hero Down: Boone Police Department K9 Kyra Dies After Long-Term Illness
Boone, NC – Boone Police Department (BPD) K9 Kyra died on April 19 due to a long-term medical condition, according to her department.
K9 Kyra “had been sick for a while, but stayed energetic and still loved to work,” the BPD said in a Facebook post the following day.
She served alongside her human partner, BPD Detective James Lyall, since June of 2017, and was assigned to the department’s Narcotics Division, Watauga Online reported.
The duo also assisted numerous other agencies during their years of service, including Homeland Security, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Postal Services, and multiple area sheriffs’ offices.
Their work contributed to 63 arrests, as well as the seizure of 46 grams of heroin, three ounces of cocaine, 13 pounds of marijuana, and over eight pounds of methamphetamine, Watauga Online reported.
“Kyra has served our department, our community and indeed North Carolina well,” Boone Police Captain Andy Le Beau told the news outlet. “Since Kyra was James’ partner she spent her whole life with James creating a strong bond between the two. Our hearts go out to James as we know he will greatly miss his partner and friend.”
“We are grateful for her contributions and we will miss her,” Capt. Le Beau added.
Boone Police Lieutenant Daniel Duckworth said that K9 Kyra was one of the best.
“Kyra’s ability says a lot about Detective Lyall’s dedication and passion for training,” Lt. Duckworth noted. “Godspeed Kyra and thank you for your service.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boone Police Department and Det. Lyall in the loss of K9 Kyra.