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Onalaska police begin fundraising campaign for second K-9 officer



Police in Onalaska are preparing to get a second K-9 officer, thanks in part to a generous grant from a local family.

The White family visited Onalaska City Hall on Tuesday to present police with a check for $15,000, which is just about enough to purchase a second police dog. The donation was made in memory of a family member named Corey, and future contributions for the K-9 program will go to Corey’s Fund.

Police Chief Charles Ashbeck says just the one dog they have now, named Muri, is not sufficient for all the investigations where animal help may be needed.

Dog shirts and plush toys are being sold in Onalaska to raise money for a new police dog

“An officer can’t detect the smell of heroin or methamphetamines, but a canine can,” Ashbeck said. “And often times, that canine that’s called to that traffic stop, they’ll detect that and be able to search the car, get those drugs off the street, and make that arrest.”

Ashbeck says T-shirts and toy dogs are among the souvenirs being sold to raise the total $110,000 goal to train and keep another K-9.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Nick

    April 26, 2023 at 5:15 am

    It is sad that you have to raise funds for an important asset.
    Unfortunately, this is the reality of governance.
    Hope the state or the feds give you money rather than responsibly fund local government.
    The state and the feds hire people really not needed who get taxpayer pensions that dives up the need for state and federal taxes

  2. MK Fern

    April 27, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Hey, thanks a lot for including WHERE TO PURCHASE the items…! Would have been extremely helpful! Went to Onalaska Police website and there’s nothing.

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