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Edgerton sells K-9 dog

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NEIL W. JOHNSON
July 8, 2010
— Edgerton’s former K-9 dog, Ash, has found a new home.

And if retraining goes well he’ll be fighting crime in New Mexico, officials said this week.


City officials said K-9 Services, a police dog training facility in Albuquerque, N.M., bought the city’s 2-year-old German shepherd police dog. The sale was finalized last week.


The agency paid $3,000 for Ash, said Walworth County sheriff’s deputy Bob Wierenga, who negotiated the sale.


Wierenga, a certified K-9 trainer and handler from rural Delavan, had made arrangements with the city to house and find a buyer after the city voted to deactivate and sell the dog May 17. The dog bit a city employee in the face and arm May 10, shortly after it had started work in Edgerton.


Wierenga called Ash’s $3,000 sale price “ballpark,” saying imported German shepherd dogs, like Ash, who was originally brought in from Canada, have a market value of $2,500 to $5,000.


“I left it up to the city as to what was an acceptable price,” Wierenga said.


The city had spent about $8,500 through grants and donations to purchase and train Ash for narcotics, tracking and handler protection at Steinig Tal kennels in Campbellsport.


Wierenga said he’d been in touch with K-9 Services owner Kevin Sheldahl, a former colleague, for several weeks, and that he and Shedahl had agreed to close on the sale at a training seminar in Menominee June 21.


Wierenga said Sheldahl transported Ash to New Mexico by car.


In the next few months, K-9 Services plans to put Ash through a training program for criminal apprehension and drug detection, Wierenga said. He said Ash is ready for narcotics work, but needs more work in the area of bite training.


“As far as the understanding to go in and do full mouth bites and grips during apprehension, I had recognized (Ash) didn’t have a lot of training in that area,” Wierenga said.


Wierenga wouldn’t comment on whether the deficiency had an impact on Ash’s success during the dog’s brief tenure in Edgerton.



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