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Dog on duty

By Staff | Oct 15, 2008

The Estherville Police Department’s K-9 “Max” is picking up where Cyber left off.

Max joined the department on March 22, and has been working with Officer Matt Reineke ever since.

Max is certified as a dual-purpose canine. Max is certified in tracking, illegal drugs, suspect apprehension, evidence recovery, handler protection and building searches.

Matt and Max have been extremely busy the last six and one-half months training and working the streets. They have spent countless hours of training. Since joining the force, Max has had 12 illegal narcotic finds with six of the finds coming in the last month and a half. Max also had one successful track in the last month, locating a suspect who had fled on foot from an assault that had taken place at a residence in Estherville.

Estherville Police Captain Brent Shatto would like to thank the citizens and businesses that helped the department obtain and train Max. The department received thousands of dollars in donations that was used to purchase Max and also purchase some of Max’s training and squad car equipment.

“I would also like to commend Matt and Max for the hard work and the numerous hours of training they have completed during this time.” We could not be happier with these officer,” Shatto said.

The Estherville Police Department is currently working on a fund-raising project to purchase a ballistic and stab resistant vest for Max. It is likely Max will be put into dangerous situations.

The vest will help protect him from possible gunshots and stabbings. Cost of the vest will be approximately $1,000.

If you wish to donated to the K-9 fund for this protection gear, please send your donations to the Estherville Police Department, 114 N. Sixth St., Estherville, IA 51334 – Attention: Matt Reineke.