Kennel Club Offers New K9 Funding to Allegan County Sheriff’s Office

HOLLAND — The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office will have a new four-legged member of the force in March, thanks to a donation from the Holland Michigan Kennel Club.

The sheriff’s office said K9 Lajki, who has been on duty since 2017, will retire next month and be replaced by a new police dog, purchased with the club’s $13,500 check.

The Kennel Club has a history of helping fund the Ottawa Sheriff’s Department and Allegan County K9 programs, club president Kim Caines said.

“We usually make our money from our dog shows that we hold each year in May and November,” Caines said. “They are the big moneymakers for our club. We donate annually, and every year we reach out to Allegan County and ask what they need this year.”

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Retired Lajki and K9 Lucky were also purchased with donations from the Holland Kennel Club in 2017 and 2010.

The Gun Lake Tribe is also a major sponsor of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office K9 program, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office has four K9 deputies, one for each shift. Specially trained dogs assist in tracking suspects, missing persons and lost children and in drug detection.

“We love doing it because it’s a very worthwhile cause, and it gives back to the community,” Caines said of the partnership with the K9 program.

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