Ashland Police Department K9 Unit
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.
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