Over a dozen police dogs, K-9 officers, are killed each year. Most are shot or stabbed by the suspects they are attempting to apprehend. Sadly, many law enforcement agencies and police departments do not
have the funds to purchase body armor that can save the lives of their K-9 officers. The cost of each vest is around $850 to $1200 depending on which vest best suits each dog. In July Mounds donated $0.50 for every 35 lb. bag of Mounds Dog Power sold to help purchase safety vests for local K-9 officers. Thanks to your purchases we were able to raise $1950 to vest local K-9 officers. The vests will be provided by Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog.
Dane County Sherriffâ€™s K9 Unit/ Handler – Officer Keith Kelly: K-9 Officer Casey is a one year old Malinois who was born in Tennessee. This is a dog that Officer Keith Kelly has raised and trained since she was a puppy. K-9 Caseyâ€™s favorite part of the job is searching for narcotics. Officer Kelly is currently working with K-9 Rico and K-9 Casey. When off duty, Officer Casey loves to play ball with her family. Sheâ€™s currently working on her swimming skills.
Beaver Dam Police K9 Unit / Handler – Officer Kevin Hall: K-9 Officer Yeti is a German Shephard who will be turning two years old next month. He is from the Czech Republic and has been partners with Officer Hall since April of 2016. He is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, obedience, and controlled aggression/ apprehension. K-9 Yetiâ€™s favorite part of the job is keeping a watchful eye on Officer Hall every time Hall exits the squad car. When Officer Yeti is not working, he enjoys playing fetch with his Kong and hanging out with his big brother “Bronxâ€, who is a 185 lb. English Mastiff.
Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog, started in 2005, is a non-profit, tax deductible organization endorsed by the Wisconsin Veterinary Association. For more information on how you can help vest a local police K-9 go to the Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog program website www.wivestadog.org.