K-9 Officer Honored, Laid to Rest This Week

by: Madison Hever, Ozarks First

Monday at 4:30 pm in Branson, a local K9 Trooper from the state of Missouri was laid to rest.

K9 Cuba went on a visit to the University of Missouri for a hernia repair, while in surgery the veterinarian discovered that Cuba had cancer and it had spread over his abdomen.

Cuba was returned home to say goodbye.

Cuba was partnered with Trooper Ryan Zeller in September of 2012 and has been an active part of the patrol ever since.

Cuba’s health would decline rapidly, so the family decided the humane thing to do was to put him to rest.

“We are deeply saddened by this, but it is best for Cuba,” said Laura Zeller. He served side by side, jointly with Ryan, and they were inseparable partners.

There was an honor walk on Monday to honor K9 Cuba and Trooper Zeller in their last moment together.

Officers from the Highway Patrol and other K9 Units along with Branson Police and Fire and Western Taney County Fire as well as the officer’s son’s baseball team from Branson Junior High were lined up at the Animal Care Clinic in downtown Branson for the honor walk.

Click here to link to story from Ozarks First.

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