Wyoming Highway Patrol dogs retire after sniffing out a half-ton of marijuana

After a combined 17 years of sniffing out drugs, two Wyoming Highway Patrol police dogs are moving on to more idyllic lives.

Wendy and Basil were stationed out of Cheyenne and Rock Springs, respectively. Their combined resumes boast more than a half-ton of marijuana found, nearly $600,000 in cash and 17 guns related to the drug trade.

Wendy also found more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine during her time on the force.

The dogs’ retirements won’t be entirely unfamiliar.

Wendy has been adopted by Trooper Jeramy Pittsley, whom she worked with at the patrol. Pittsley will continue to work as a K-9 handler with the highway patrol.

Basil’s handler, Trooper Barry Tippy, adopted his former co-worker.

Tippy will also become the patrol’s new K-9 coordinator.

The highway patrol now has 10 drug dogs and two bomb dogs on the force.


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