OTTUMWA— Paws will come running to the sheriff's department sooner than one would think.
At the supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Deputy Martin Wonderlin said the second canine is expected before the training at the end of September. The department already picked out another canine. “The second canine is imported from Europe,” Wonderlin said. Wonderlin, however, does not know the name, breed or gender of the dog.
The sheriff's department looks forward to having a canine on board, especially because it’s been 35 years since the department had a canine.
“We have a great group together between the handlers and sheriffs and I, working together to figure it out,” he said. “The two handlers have been doing a lot of research on their own time, which is great because we want them to become experts. “Ultimately the decision is up to Don Phillips. There’s a learning curve because we haven't had a canine in a long time.”
The process of looking for the canine still remains but the fundraising continues. “We are still fundraising to come up with the continued costs to maintain the canines,” he said. “We are very excited and the handlers are excited as well. We picked the right guys for it.”