HANCOCK CO. – Two Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies are on a mission to raise $20,000 to buy two K-9 officers for the department after one suddenly passed away.
Deputies Teddy York and David Wood started fundraising for the dogs after 9-year-old Flash passed away. That left the department with just one K-9 unit, Brix, and they says that’s not enough for the entire county.
“We recently had an individual escape custody at our jail. We had a K-9 called to the scene,” explained Wood. “The officer that has the K-9… he had to drive in from his house. So it would’ve been beneficial to have a K-9 working right then.”
If Brix is not available, Wood added, the Sheriff’s department has to call another agency.
“Sometimes we don’t have a lot of time to wait on another dog from another agency to come,” he said.
The department doesn’t have the funding to add any more K-9 units. So the deputies have been raising funds on their own, trying to help the community understand why they’re such an asset.
“I feel that having this multipurpose tool with us will not only make us better, but more efficient at our jobs,” said Wood.
The dogs would help the department catch criminals, locate narcotics, and help track missing people.
When they’ve raised enough money, the two K-9 units will come fully trained from Deihl’s K-9 Training in Indianapolis.
The community is responding to the deputies’ efforts.
Animal health company Elanco has stepped up in a big way, promising to make a large donation to help the deputies buy the first dog. They are challenging others to get involved, spread awareness, and help buy the second.
“The dogs are wonderful tools that can do so many things that we can’t do as humans,” said York.
If you’d like to help, contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department at 317-477-1147.