In order to take a bite out of crime in Dunn County, the county sheriff is hoping to take a bite out of the cost.
According to Dunn County Sheriff Gary Kuhn, the department is trying to find a way to afford a new, trained K-9 to work with deputies on cases involving narcotics, tracking and criminal apprehension.
The department announced its drive with a target of raising $18,000 to be able to purchase a newly-trained canine on their Facebook page in late February.
According to the department, the canine would also be used as an educational tool in school demonstrations and for public safety.
According to the sheriff, the K-9 “would be a great asset to our office. Our goal is to establish the K-9 through donations and maintain the K-9 through the normal operating budget.
“The SHeriff Office is requesting the donations to help cover the $18,000 cost. That amounts to the cost of the dog, equipment for the K-9, the pre-training, the 12 weeks of team training and one year of recurring monthly training,” Sheriff Kuhn said in a letter to local residents, businesses and organizations.
“We do not have these funds budgeted so we must turn to the community to help make this happen,” the sheriff added.
“Our ultimate goal is to make Dunn County a safer place.”
The donations can be made by cash. check or money order. For those donating by check, they need to make the check payable to the Dunn County Sheriff Office and on the memo line write “K9 donation.”
The checks can be mailed to the Dunn County Sheriff Office, 205 Owens Street, Manning, ND 58642. They can also be dropped off in person at the Sheriff Office.
“All amounts will be appreciated,” the sheriff added.
If people are interested in finding out more about the plans to add a K-9 unit to the Dunn County should contact Cpl. Phil Wolf at 701-260-6590.