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EPD to receive new drug dog – Local community helps raise funds

By Staff | Dec 26, 2007

ESTHERVILLE– The Estherville Police Department will welcome Max to the force sometime after the first of the year.

Max is not your everyday officer. He is of the four-legged variety and his background is Czechoslovakian Imported German Shepherd.

Canine officer Matt Reineke noted he will be about 2 years old when he takes up residence in Estherville. Currently he is being extensively trained.

Reineke and the entire department were gladdened by the overwhelming response in the form of donations for the purchase of the dog.

“As of today (Friday, Dec. 21), a total of $8,500 has been received for a dual-purpose dog which can handle suspect apprehension in addition to sniffing out illegal drugs, tracking lost children and adults,” Reineke explained.

The officer and department wish to thank all of the generous individuals who donated to this fund. “Thanks to all of the people who have donated and especially to everyone who helped with the bake sale,” he said.

The bake sale held before Christmas at the Regional Wellness Center raised approximately $680. “Thanks especially to Lori King and Beth Langford for organizing the event and the RWC staff for allowing us to hold the bake sale there. A special thanks to the women manning the baked goods tables, including Mae Condon, Nonda Beaver, Mary Ann Hoffmeyer, Joyce King, Betty Tuttle and Beth Reineke.”

Donations are still being accepted. Persons interested can either mail or drop off their contribution to the Estherville Police Department, 114 North Sixth St.

The officer noted funding will be used to purchase canine training equipment such as the bite suit and car equipment.

Until Max officially joins the department, Cyber will be employed in his current capacity. Both dogs will be at home with the Reineke family.

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