POMEROY — Working together to better our county.
Less than two months after the tragic loss of Deputy K-9 Zach, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is working toward Sheriff Keith Wood’s goal of operating a K-9 unit.
But it is not just the efforts of the Sheriff and his staff that are making this goal a reality, it is the support of individuals, businesses and organizations from around the area.
“It is amazing the support of those in the community,” noted Sheriff Keith Wood earlier this week. The Sheriff also noted the support of the community following the passing of Deputy K-9 Zach earlier this summer.
Employees from Farmers Bank have organized “Cookies for K-9s” a three event fundraiser for the program. Friday served as a kick-off for the fundraising campaign with an event held in front of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.
During the fundraiser, Deputy Brandy King introduced new Deputy K-9 Bax for the first time.
Deputy King said that she and Bax just finished their second week of training, and that Deputy Bax should be on the road in mid-October. They will also take part in a training at the end of Septemeber in Michigan.
Deputy Bax will be certified for patrol in searching for narcotics, as well as apprehension and tracking.
Deputy King added that Deputy Bax is currently adjusted to being at home with her and working with her as she is adjusting to working with him.
The dog turns 3 on Sept. 15.
Many local businesses contributed items to be raffled off at the event, or donated toward the purchase of raffle and sale items. Items for sale include T-shirts, frisbees, limited edition stuffed dogs, and homemade dog treats.
During the fundraisers, the group will be selling homemade dog treats, frisbees, dog tags, K-9 T-shirts, and Limited Edition Plush Bax dogs. All items are personalized with the Sheriff’s logo.
There will also be a raffle with great items donated by local businesses. Featured raffle items include a 33” Plush K-9 signed by the deputies and a “Day in the Life with the Sheriff” raffle.
Future “Cookies for K-9s” fundraisers are scheduled for next Friday, September 20, at the Farmers Bank Tuppers Plains office, and at the Pomeroy Office on October 18.
All raffle item winners will be drawn after the third and final event. Winners will be contacted and announced on the Farmers Bank’s Facebook page.
All proceeds from these events will go towards maintenance of Bax. This includes annual training and certification, kennel fees, K-9 car maintenance, and more.
Other fundraising events have included a bake sale/car wash by the Bashan Fire Department and a Poker Run sponsered by the Meigs County Bikers Association this weekend. Many other groups, organizations, businesses, and individuals have also donated directly to the Sheriff’s Office for the K-9 Unit.