Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider is pleased to announce a new Deputy has been assigned to the sheriff’s office.
The new Deputy is an 18-month-old German shepherd named Ezo from the Czech Republic.
The sheriff office’s last police dog Brek died in December, 2014.
“Police dogs perform many tasks for the sheriff’s office,” Schneider said after the death of Brek. “They help with criminal investigations but, most importantly, they are invaluable when looking for lost or missing persons.”
A police dog can cost nearly $15,000.
According to Schneider, the amount of training to become certified as a police dog is brutal.
Those that are certified possess unique skills that allow the K9 program to accomplish its mission without distraction—regardless of conditions.
The Charlevoix County Sheriff K9 Unit is partially self-sustaining and relies on contributions and fund-raisers to remain financially solvent.
Charlevoix County Sheriff Deputy Benjamin D. Speigl just recently returned from four weeks of intensive K9 handling with Ezo.
Ezo is certified for tracking and drug detection.
“The K9 program is a remarkable asset for both public safety and for Law Enforcement,” said Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider. “The Sheriff’s Office K9 Program is here to support not only the sheriff’s office, but also city police agencies within Charlevoix County.”
This K9 program was made possible by the generous support and donations from the citizens of Charlevoix County.
Sheriff Schneider sincerely thanks everyone who has helped make this Program possible.
If you would like to support the Charlevoix County Sheriff Office K9 Program, call the sheriff at (231) 547-4461 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charlevoix County Sheriff is pictured with Deputy Speigl and Ezo the police dog.