Dodge County Sheriff’s Department Needs Online Votes For K-9 Grant

(Dodge County) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public in securing grant funding for their K-9 unit. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt told us week on WBEV’s Community Comment that the top eight agencies voted-in by the public will receive a grant for $16-thousand dollars from a group called Aftermath. He says they are hoping they can get assistance from the community similar to the support the Beaver Dam Family Center received; that group won a free professional lighting system for their arena earlier this year in a fan-voting contest. Currently the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has two K-9 units on staff and Schmidt says they are important to the department for more than sniffing out drugs. He says they also fill a role as tracking dogs for either lost individuals or fleeing fugitives. In addition, the dogs provide handler protection, which means that if there is a situation where a member of the police force is in danger, the K-9 can be released to come to the officer’s aid. Voting got underway Thursday October 18th and runs through Friday, November 2nd at www.aftermath.com