VIROQUA, Wis. - Vernon County Residents laced up their running shoes to support the four-pawed members of the sheriff's office.
The 5-K-9 run-walk took off Saturday morning in Viroqua.
The proceeds will go to help pay for training and up-keep for the Vernon County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit.
It will also help the sheriff's office start saving money to pay for new dogs when theirs have to retire.
A lieutenant with the department says the K-9's are an extremely important part of keeping Vernon County safe.19651146
"Every week the dogs are getting narcotics off the street in some form or another either out of a vehicle or assisting with a drug search warrant or something like that. It's not only narcotics, these are dual purpose dogs, so the biggest thing I like is officer protection," said Lieutenant Jason Crume.
More than 130 people pre-registered for the event and organizers say there were a number of same-day entries.
This is the first time the office has held a run-walk fundraiser.
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