By Audrey Posten
In a July 16 presentation to the Marquette City Council, Matt Moser, the Clayton County Sheriff Department’s K9 handler/officer, said the department plans to retire current K9 Bear in June 2014, and hopes to have a new dog trained and ready to take over at that time.
In order to ensure that the county does not go without a K9 unit, Moser said the department needs to meet its $11,000 fundraising goal by Sept. so that a new dog can be purchased.
Moser said the purchase of a new K9, as well as training for both himself and the dog, will cost anywhere from $8,500 to $11,000. The department has been looking at a kennel in Michigan that would make the purchase. While Bear is a Belgium Malinois, Moser said the new K9 could come from anywhere in Europe.
The dog has to be at least six months old before it can be tested to train. By the time it is ready to hit the streets, the dog will be 14 months old.