FOREST CITY | The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office is raising money for a second K-9.
Yeira, a German shepherd, has been with the sheriff's office since 2012. Her partner is Deputy Brett Wilson.
Another deputy, Brian Plath, has volunteered to be the handler for a second K-9 so the sheriff's office will have a dog available for multiple shifts for narcotics detection and tracking lost or hidden individuals.
Plath said dogs are always needed for narcotics detection in particular.
He said the sheriff's office has the option of requesting a dog from another law enforcement agency, such as the Forest City Police Department or the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, if Wilson and Yeira aren't on duty.
However, "not everyone has one available for call-out," Plath said.
The second K-9, like Yeira, will be trained in handler protection as well as sniffing for drugs and tracking.
The goal is to raise $20,000 for the new dog. Of that amount, $12,000 will be for purchase of the K-9, plus training and certification.
The remaining $8,000 will be for new equipment and other expenses.
Various sponsorship packages are available.
Contributions also can be made toward an endowment for ongoing K-9 expenses.
Checks should have "K-9" written on the memo line and be mailed to the Winnebago County Public Safety Center, 935 U.S. Highway 69, Forest City, IA 50436.
Plath said the sheriff's office would like to have enough money by Sept. 1 for the new dog so it can be registered for a training school being taught by Hancock County Sheriff's Office Deputy Andy Klein in October.
Anyone who would like to schedule a K-9 demonstration by Wilson and Yeira for their organization is welcome to do so, whether they plan to donate money for a second K-9 or not.
For more information, contact Plath at 641-585-2828.