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Rotary Raises $16,500 for La Crosse K9

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) A La Crosse K9 is now on duty 24-hours a day thanks to a generous donation by the Valley View Rotary Club. Both police and Rotarians say the gift will benefit the entire La Crosse Community.

It was at a meeting just like this 2-years ago that a La Crosse police detective told the Valley View Rotary about the department's need for another K9 dog. The third dog would allow officers access to a drug sniffing K9, 24 hours a day. Chief Ron Tischer says"Even when there is a perception that there is a dog out there people tend to avoid the city and not bring drugs into the city".

Helping police stop the movement of drugs through La Crosse was something Rotary members rallied around. "We live here. We work here. Our families live here and if we can do something to improve the livelihood and community, it was really easy to see why people jumped on this and ran with this.", says Valley View President Edward Jaekel.  

With the help of a national Rotary matching grant, The Valley View Rotary raised $16,500. Wednesday club members finally met the K9 dog they worked so hard for.

Zaback is a 2-year old German shepherd patrol dog. He works the streets with his handler, Officer Trenton Bowe, searching for drugs and apprehending criminals. "When that stuff moves into their neighborhood it tends to wreck it or the values of their homes goes down."

Patrol dogs like Zaback typically work the streets for 9 years. So the rotary's gift will not only benefit today's club members, but future Rotarians and community members for years to come.

Zaback hit the streets back in July. Officer Bowe says he's already located drugs on a number of traffic stops and helped track down a suspect that was hiding in a garage.

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