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Cass County to get new K-9 unit dogs

Ed, a longtime veteran dog with the sheriff's department, died last July.

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The Cass County Sheriff’s Office plans to get two police dogs.
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FARGO — Cass County's Sheriff's Department will this year again have two new K-9 units.

County commissioners approved allowing the department to keep in its budget the purchase and training of a dog that will join another K-9 that the Scheels company of Fargo decided to donate late last year after the department budget was set.

Sheriff Jesse Jahner said the Scheels dog could be arriving soon with the other scheduled to be trained this summer.

He said they are saving money on the dogs by using a four-week Iowa program to train the handlers and dogs instead of a more expensive eight-week Arizona program.

The Scheels dog will be trained along with a West Fargo police dog.

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Jahner said they work closely with the Fargo and West Fargo departments in deploying the dogs.

Both dogs, he told the commissioners, would be dual purpose dogs. The Scheels dog will be trained in narcotics detection and apprehensions. He said the other dog's purposes haven't yet been decided upon although finding explosive devices is an option.

He said from time to time the dogs are used at rural schools and in the county jail.

He said the Fargo and West Fargo departments have several dogs that they use in their operations.

The reason Jahner would like two dogs is that they can not only increase the purposes of what the dogs are used for but also they can have the dogs on opposite shifts to reduce having to call other agencies and to reduce overtime costs.

Each dog will cost about $24,300 to purchase and train, with annual maintenance costs estimated at about $7,000 per animal.

The Iowa training, which is nationally accredited, is much less expensive than the Arizona option, he said.

The dogs are under a one year warranty.

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K-9 Ed, a 13-year veteran dog for the department who worked with Deputy Dan Hermann, died last July 6. He was a narcotics and criminal apprehension K-9. Jahner said the other K-9 had to retire.

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