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Beltrami County raising funds for K-9 unit

BEMIDJI – The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the community’s help in raising funds to pay for a second K-9 unit.

The county first implemented its Sheriff’s Canine Team in the 1980s, bringing in highly skilled and trained teams of deputies and canines to supplement department operations, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

“It is purely amazing to see these dogs doing what they love to do best, locating and apprehending criminals, finding lost or missing people, and searching for unlawful drugs,” the release stated.

But, as three K-9s have recently retired, the sheriff’s office is left with just one team.

“Adding a second K-9 team will enable us to have a highly trained dog team working every day of the week to help us protect you, your home and your community,” the release states.

The sheriff’s office aims to raise $25,000 to bring in another trained K-9 unit.

For anyone interesting in donating, checks can be mailed to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Sgt/K-9 Supervisor Jason Riggs, 613 Minnesota Ave. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Citizens also can drop off a check at the front counter, asking that the check be put toward the K-9 fund.