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Bayfield County names handler of new K-9

WASHBURN, WI — The Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office says the handler of their new K-9 has been announced.

In a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, after a difficult decision, Deputy Matt Leino was selected as the handler.

Bayfield County Sheriff Susienka says a total of three Deputies applied to be a handler.

Last week, the Sheriff’s Office announced they are now hoping to raise funds to acquire and train a K-9 and handler this year. They said they recognize the need for an in-house K-9 now that illegal drug use is becoming far too common in the region.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, they hope to have enough funds and have a K-9 program in place by mid 2020, with projected start-up costs estimated around $25,000.

The cost includes the specialized dog, training, modification of a vehicle, a kennel, and other related costs.

So far, Sheriff Susienka says they have received a couple thousand dollars in donations.

The county has already reserved a spot in the May 2020 St. Paul K9 academy, where Deputy Leino and a dog will participate in a 16-week training session.

If anyone wishes to contribute to the K-9 effort, you may do so by contacting the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office at 715-373-6300.