O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office Looking For Donations To Start A K9 Police Dog Program

Date posted - April 25, 2013

Sioux County Deputy Tony Reitsma and Neiko, a Labrador similar to the dog O'Brien County hopes to get

Sioux County Deputy Tony Reitsma and Neiko, a Labrador similar to the dog O’Brien County hopes to get

Primghar, Iowa — The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office is interested in starting up a K-9 police dog program.

Deputy Lee Reuvers with the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office says they are asking for donations toward the program.

Reuvers says the narcotics training typically involves the scent detection of multiple types of illegal drugs. Sheriff’s officials advise that some drug trafficking does happen in O’Brien County, especially on highways such as Highway 60, Highway 18, and Highway 59. They say that the tracking portion allows law enforcement to use the canine in locating individuals who have fled to avoid prosecution or have simply become disorientated or lost. The use of the canine can also be advantageous in search warrant executions, building and vehicle searches, and public relations, according to Sheriff’s Officials.

Reuvers says O’Brien County has had a K9 in the past.

He says in the meantime, they have been asking for the assistance of other agencies’ K9 units when they had a reason to call in a dog.

He tells us what the costs are associated with the dog.

Deputy Reuvers tells us why they decided to do a K9 fundraising campaign.

The goal of the initial Fundraising Campaign is to raise $16,000, with the hopes that some people will give annual donations. Contributions can be made out to the O’Brien County K9 Fund.

The contributions provided can be considered a tax-deductible item.

Any questions can be sent to
Michael Anderson,
O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office
P.O. Box 260
Primghar 51245
You can also email sheriff@obriencountysheriff.com or you can call 712-957-3415

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