Boone, North Carolina, police honor late K-9

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 19, 2020 at 5:47 PM

BOONE, N.C. — Police on Sunday announced the death of a police dog responsible for numerous drug investigations over nearly three years.

K9 Kyra died from a medical condition. Police said the dog and her partner, Detective James Lyall, had been working together since June 2017 and were assigned to the Narcotics Division.

The pair assisted numerous agencies including the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security investigations, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Postal Service, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, and many others.

Police said the pair been instrumental in removing drugs from the streets of Boone, northwestern North Carolina, and East Tennessee. They had directly seized more than 8 pounds of methamphetamine, 13 pounds of marijuana, 3 ounces of cocaine and 46 grams of heroin, while contributing to the arrests of 63 people for drug trafficking violations.

“Kyra has served our department, our community and indeed North Carolina well. We are grateful for her contributions and we will miss her,” Capt. Andy Le Beau said in the news release. “I wish to send my condolences to Detective James Lyall and his family.

“Most of us have pets that we love. We go to work and see them again when we come home. 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. I would like to thank all of the officers and agencies that gave of their time on Saturday afternoon to give her a fitting tribute.”

Le Beau said Kyra was the best single purpose drug detection K9 had ever worked with.

“Kyra’s ability says a lot about Detective Lyall’s dedication and passion for training,” Le Beau said. “I also want to thank Dr. Johnson, Dr. Chesnutt and their amazing staff at the Animal Hospital of Boone for their love and support over the last six months. Godspeed Kyra and thank you for your service.”

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