Ashland Police Department K9 Unit

$1,945 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 34 months
Teri Jo Ovaska
on behalf of Teri Ovaska
 ASHLAND, WI
Police Officer Nicholas Ovaska, who has been with the City of Ashland Police force for 10 years is trying to get the K9 unit for the City of Ashland and use within the surrounding areas up and running again. There has not been a K9 unit in Ashland for 9 years and with the increase in drug activity and crimes in the area, the benefits of adding a K9 to the police department would be a huge asset to Ashland and surrounding areas. The dog will be a dual purpose dog for apprehension and drugs. Some of the benefits include tracking/ finding missing persons, searching for criminals fleeing the scene of a crime, drug detection, community public relations, ability to go into schools and businesses for assistance/ education and much more.

The Ashland Police Department K-9 Initiative is a campaign to raise funds to start a K-9 program at the Department. The initiative is to support the program with all expenses such as equipment, routine and major medical expenses, community outreach, food, and to ensure the program can get started with the Ashland Police Department.  The initial start up of the K9 unit is a high expense due to going through the 3 month training, outfitting the car, the dog itself and so forth, so any donations would be greatly appreciated. Donations can also be made directly to the Ashland Police  Department in care of the "Ashland Police Department K9 Foundation" attn: Nicholas Ovaska, 601 Main St. W, Ashland, WI 54806. Thank you to all who help in making this possible.
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Thank you again to everyone for all of your support. We have been getting a multitude of questions in regards to the K9 and use, so I just wanted to post the update for those of you who are still wondering about this. The K9, although Nick works for the City of Ashland Police Department and it will be on duty with him, will be used in all of the surrounding areas from Butternut, towards Hurley, Bayfield County and more. So it will be a great resource for the whole area. We are working on getting letters out as well as donation bins at a multitude of businesses in the surrounding areas. Again there is a challenge out there that if someone donates $500 it will be matched by Jack Hoglund. Please continue to share this information so that word continues to spread for this this cause. Thank you again!!!!
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Asking for help from all my Facebook friends and the Ashland Community to please share. We just received a call from Jack Hoglund posing a challenge to the community. If anyone is able and willing to donate $500 he will match the donation in support of the K9 unit in Ashland. PLEASE help out in getting the word out to as many people as possible.
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Here is a copy from the interview on the news last night. It was also on this morning and the link to watch the video is on the bottom :)

Effort to clean up the community one badge, and bark, at a time

By Ramona Marozas - Biography
April 27, 2016 Updated Apr 27, 2016 at 9:38 PM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- As Ashland struggles with a growing drug epidemic, the police department is looking to acquire and train a K9 to help curb the problem; a K9 Foundation fund has been established to create the unit.

Drug sniffing police dogs have proven to be a great help to places like Duluth and Cloquet in Minnesota, and Superior and Hayward in Wisconsin.

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But Ashland does not have any police dogs. Their last K9 worked in the city and surrounding areas in the 1990's.

Ashland has been trying to get a police dog for the last decade, and now with an increase in drug activity and crime in the area, the force says a K9 is needed more than ever.

"It's more addictive drugs that they're using which in turn is causing more break-ins and burglaries," Captain Jim Gregoire of the Ashland Police Department said.

It would cost the department $20,000 or more to start a K9 unit, and after that an annual cost of around $2-4,000 to sustain the unit. Experts say that dog's noses do not lie, and their value is obvious.

"On a day to day basis, seeing what the drugs do to people, to families - ripping them apart. It's just something, I know it won't get rid of the problem, but it is a step in the right direction," Officer Nicholas Ovaska of the Ashland Police Department said.

Having a K9 is not something that is required, but it is something that Ovaska believes would really help.

"Nick Ovaska is the guy that came to me and said we have a need in the city," Gregoire said.

An effort to clean up the community one badge, and bark, at a time.

The police department has created a Go Fund Me site in an effort to raise $30,000 to start the unit. They say you can also mail in a donation to their office; just make it out to the K9 Foundation fund.

Police hope to start K9 training by March 2017, and police may reach out to the community to help them name the dog.

Go to the following link for the video of the interview
http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/crime/Effort-to-clean-up-the-community-one-badge-and-bark-at-a-time-377368291.html?vid=a
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Thank you to everyone so far for you donations. Tonight on news Nick will be talking about getting the K9 unit up and running along with the Chief of Police Jim. I will post more when I know what channel. Thank you all for all of your support!!!
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Raised by 24 people in 34 months
Created April 26, 2016
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TP
$20
Todd and Jennifer Poppe
18 months ago

Thank you for all you people do..

DO
$20
Daniel Opyd
25 months ago

we as a community need to unify to help the Ashland Police Department, For they are the ones who keep all of us safe and the kids and schools safe, this k-9 dog will serve multiple purposes in helping Ashland fight the war on drugs in our community to help the innocent kids from getting influenced to start drugs and doing drugs .... we must help keep our community safe and drug free

$500
Anonymous
34 months ago
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MS
$100
Mary Schraufnagel
34 months ago
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A K9 unit would be such an asset to the community. And, c'mon, it's a dog! Who doesn't love dogs?!

JT
$30
James / Susan Tollas
34 months ago
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Please donate, this is a very important fundraiser.

GN
$30
Gregory Navarro
34 months ago
2
2

One of the best investments in public safety we can make. 1,000 $30 donations in 30 days gets this to goal!

$100
Anonymous
34 months ago
2
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RM
$150
Richard&Kathy Mackey
34 months ago
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Donated with pleasure.

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