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Steak dinner fundraiser Saturday evening for Black Hawk Co. K9 Unit

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The community is invited to a steak dinner Saturday, June 29th to benefit the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit. The steak dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Washburn.

Loki is the newest K9 Deputy for the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office. The nearly two-year-old dog was purchased thanks to a private donor in the area. Loki came from Poland and was trained in Michigan.He's trained for apprehension, tracking, narcotics, handler protection and article searching.

"We've seen lately as violent as the times are getting, dogs are invaluable. Not only in tracking and apprehending suspects but article recovery. A large portion of problems we have stem from narcotics, and things that these dogs play a huge part in,." said Deputy Matt Harris.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit is funded solely on donations, which is why fundraisers like Saturday night's steak dinner are so important.

"Donations are used for his every day care. His food, his vet bill if he gets injured, all that stuff. His training, and my training. It comes out of that budget, it doesn't come out of taxpayer dollars," said Harris.

Deputy Matt Harris took over the K9 unit for Black Hawk County about five years ago. He said a big misconception about dogs working in law enforcement is that the dogs are trained to be mean. He said the dogs are actually very social and friendly. The difference between Loki and other dogs is that he's a working dog.

"He has a job to do," said Deputy Harris.

Loki has certifications with the International Police Work Dogs Association and the U.S. Police K9 Association. He's utilized by multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the area.

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