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North Iowa K-9 Units Funded by Community Donations

Many people are surprised to learn that K-9 units for north Iowa county sheriff’s offices are not included in department budgets.

Chickasaw County Sheriff Marty Hemann says donations like the $2,500 recently received from the Mark and Kris Kramer Foundation help keep their K-9 unit going.

The current Chickasaw County Sheriff’s K-9 team consists of deputy and handler Stephen Johnson and Duke, who have been a tandem since 2017 when they began working for the City of Nashua.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office last week received a $500 donation from the Lynch Family Foundation to help with the transition from their current K-9 McCoy, who is nearing retirement age, to the new K-9, Rooster, who’s handler is Deputy Logan Hopp, a New Hampton graduate.

The department is also selling a Winneshiek County K-9 Supporter t-shirt as a fundraising event. The deadline to order is Monday. You can find a link to order here. 

The Decorah Police Department recently announced the reinstatement of their K-9 unit with the duo of Loki,and officer/handler, Nick Yaneff. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Decorah Police.  

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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