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Clayton County Sheriff's Office plans fundraisers for new K9

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Bear is a working dog for the Clayton County Sheriff's Office.

"Bear is the only K9 in the whole county. Every time he gets out of the car, he's ready to work," said Matt Moser.

Handler Matt Moser said bear is a dual purpose dog. He's trained for criminal apprehension and to find narcotics. Bear also does tracking and article searching.

The Belgian Malinois is nine years old.

"Our goal is to retire him when he's 10, so spring 2014," said Moser.

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office in St. Olaf is planning two fundraisers this summer to help purchase and train a new dog by next June.

"Our goal is $11,000," said Moser.

Once the dog is trained, Matt Moser will go to handler school for four weeks, largely to bond with the dog.

Moser said it's important to get another K9 before Bear retires because the dog is a vital part in drug enforcement in the county.

"I grew up in Clayton County, and I know I'd like to keep drugs off the streets," said Moser.

In retirement, Bear plans to sleep a lot and eat treats. He's going to continue to live with Matt Moser and his family.

Here is the information on how you can help raise money to purchase and train a new dog.

One fundraiser is the Garnavillo Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. It's at the Garnavillo Fire Station on Thursday, July 4th at 8 a.m. The cost is $25. Pre-register by June 27th to guarantee yourself a t-shirt.

The other fundraiser a free-will pork dinner, open house and raffle drawing at the Clayton County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, August 18th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Raffle tickets are available now until the first week of August.

To see the raffle prizes and for more information on both fundraisers, click here.

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