New Vilas Co. K9 unit raises funds, promotes gun safety at county fairSubmitted: 08/10/2019
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin

New Vilas Co. K9 unit raises funds, promotes gun safety at county fair
EAGLE RIVER - A Belgian Malinois named Stitch joined the Vilas County Sherrif's Office in June, making it the second drug detecting dog to join the force since fellow K9, Helo.

In Eagle River Saturday, Stitch got a chance to meet members of the community. Stitch interacted with kids and demonstrated bite skills at the Vilas County Fair. 

Deputy Amanda Drewsen says meet and greets allow people to see the animals up close and ask handlers questions about the K9 program.

"It shows people that an animal that we use for working can also be an animal that you can pet and that you can interact with. Sometimes you don't always get that with the K9s but this one obviously is very social," said Drewsen.

At the fair, the sheriff's office sold miniature stuffed Helo toys for $20 to raise money for the K9 unit which is almost entirely supported by community donations.  

Deputies also distributed child safety gun locks for free.

"You never want kids to get their hands on them, you never want anybody to get their hands on them unless they're being used for a certain purpose," said Drewsen. "Gun safety is a big thing for the sheriff's department.

The sheriff's office will host a 5K walk and run on September 21 in St. Germain to benefit the K9 unit. Stitch and Drewsen will be there. 

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