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Marathon County's new K9 program: Paws on the ground by Christmas


DENVER, IND. (WSAU) -- After years of relying on mutual aid for K9 officer assistance, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department is hoping to put two of their own dogs to work before Christmas.

Marathon County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bill Millhausen says deputies Troy Deiler and Cory Gladden were selected to handle the two new dogs, and they have been in Denver, Indiana for over a week training with their new four legged partners. “Leo and Radar are the two dogs that have been welcomed to the Sheriff’s Department, and looking forward to getting the guys back from training and putting the dogs to work.”

He says deputies Deiler and Gladden picked out their new partners and brought them back to Wausau for a short time to acquaint the animals with their future surroundings and get their veterinarian checkups. Then, it was back to Indiana for six weeks of training.

Originally, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department was planning to acquire one K9 this fall, and another one next spring. Millhausen says that plan changed when they realized they could save money by putting both animals into service right away. “The kennel ended up having some vacancies, and actually, we were able to save a little bit of money by sending both handlers at the same time. Being fiscally responsible, we thought it would be a good opportunity to send them both and try and save some of the money and put that towards other needs that the program has.”

Marathon County Sheriff’s Department has been raising money through the Paws Enforcing Laws effort. Millhausen says they just had enough to get both dogs, but they still need to continue fundraising to sustain the operation of the program. “The costs so far, we’re at about $32,000 that we’ve had to pay out for the training and the dogs, and right now, we actually have about exactly that amount that we’ve raised, so we’re still looking to raise some additional funds to try and get to that $50,000 range.”

Donations are still being accepted through the Community Foundation in Wausau, located in the Dudley Tower.

(The interview with Lieutenant Bill Millhausen can be heard on our website, here.)