The Knox Board of Public Works agreed to loan the city-owned kennel to the county to help reduce the county’s costs toward another K9 unit. Mayor Rick Chambers explained that the Knox City Police Department no longer has a K9 unit and had the kennel in storage. Sheriff Bill Dulin requested the use of the kennel and the request was granted Wednesday morning.
Sheriff Dulin continues to solicit donations for the purchase of another K9 unit. He previously stated that the current K9 with handler Rob Olejniczak has been a great asset to law enforcement efforts. The sheriff is gathering donations to purchase another K9 so the county can be adequately covered around the clock and reduce overtime.
Dulin told WKVI News that donations are coming in slowly. He is looking to raise about $16,000 for the dog, plus training for the dog and the officer. Cash donations may be delivered to the Starke County Jail, and money orders are to be made out to the Starke County K9 Fund. All contributions are tax deductible.
For more information, call the sheriff at (574) 772-3771.