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Sparta K-9 unit gets a new car

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SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Sparta police department recently purchased a new police car for their K-9 unit.  

The car is designed to better fit the needs of their K-9 Officer Chris Welker and his dog, Nitro.  The ford interceptor has all wheel drive which makes it more versatile in the winter time so the dog can be available 24/7, even in bad weather.  The car also has an automatic cooling system and a remote control panic button for the doors.

"My other car had a deployment system, as same as this one, where the door will open and allow the dog to come out if I push a button and it needs to.  I also have a remote pager that I carry with me.  It will tell me the temperature of the vehicle inside if it gets too hot its going to notify me by that pager.  It'll automatically roll the windows down, turn on the fan," says Officer Welker.

Welker also says Nitro loves his new car because of all the space he has to move around in as well as bigger cargo space for all of his supplies.

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