Area breeders donate $1,600 to K-9 units

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Litta, a 2-1/2-year-old Dutch shepherd, indicates finding the smell of heroin during a Jan. 5 demonstration by Rusty Rickard, fire chief of Central Crossing Fire Protection District in Shell Knob, to the SW Chapter of Missouri Pet Breeders Association at Crowder College Cassville Campus. "No tax money is used to fund the K-9 Division," said Rickard, who is Litta's owner and handler. "It is funded with 100 percent in donations. I am always looking for more support." If law enforcement agencies require Litta to search for narcotics or perform track and trailing, contact Rickard at 417-846-3075. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

The Central Crossing Fire District recently gave $800 in donations to a pair of K9 officers.

Bailey, a 3-year-old black labrador retriever, sniffs for heroin during a Jan. 5 demonstration by Morgan Struble, Exeter police chief, to the SW Chapter of Missouri Pet Breeders Association at Crowder College Cassville Campus. If law enforcement agencies require Bailey to search for narcotics, contact Struble at 417-835-2823. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Morgan Struble, left, Exeter police chief, and Rusty Rickard, right, fire chief of Central Crossing Fire Protection District in Shell Knob, both receive $800 certificates from the SW Chapter of Missouri Pet Breeders Association Jan. 5 at the Crowder College Cassville Campus. Rickard and Struble can both use $400 at Barry County Veterinary Service. Rickard can use his other $400 for dog food, and Struble can use his other $400 at Tractor Supply Co. Jean Lafferty, right middle, chapter president, and Janice Treasurer, chapter treasurer, presented the certificates. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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