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K9 cop could come to Iowa County

Iowa County (KWWL) - An eastern Iowa Sheriff Department is kicking off a fund raiser to buy K9 teams, which they say will end up paying for themselves.

The Iowa County Sheriff's Office will put K9 teams on patrol by the fall if funds are raised. According to Sheriff Rotter, there is enough seizure money from drug crimes to buy the two dogs at a cost of $20,000.

The money collected by donated funds would be used to cover the costs of equipping two patrol vehicles, all related training equipment, as well as the feeding and health care of the animals.

The Sheriff and two prospective K9 officers will travel to a number of Midwest K9 facilities to tour them and make a decision on which facility would be contracted to provide the dogs and the training. 

The fund raising target will be $10,000.  Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may do so by sending their contributions to the Iowa County  Sheriff's Office at 960 Franklyn Avenue, Marengo, IA 52301. 

The Sheriff's Office had a single K9 team from 1997 to 2006.  Some of $20,000 of seizure money intended to be used for the new K9 teams were funds acquired with the help of the original K9 named Max.  Max died in early 2007.

Online Producer: Maria Magner


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