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Local veterinarian honored by Wis. Professional Police Association

Dr. Tom Thompson, veterinarian team takes care of 4 La Crosse police K-9 partners

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Dr. Tom Thompson from the Thompson Animal Medical Center (TAMC) in La Crosse received a citizen award from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA).

Dr. Thompson has been volunteering his veterinary services to care for the La Crosse Police Department's four K-9 partners.

Dr Thompson approached the La Crosse Police Department in 2007 when it received its first K-9 partner.  La Crosse police said Thompson and his team, which includes Dr. Jean Heyt and Dr. Gary Wiegel, now care for the Department's four K-9 partners: K-9 Ralph and Office Tony LeQue, K-9 Grumman and Investigator Ron Second, K-9 Brutus and Office Casey Rossman, and K-9 Zaback and Officer Trenton Bowe.

"They've provided vaccinations, allergy, heartworm, tick, and flea medications; treated bee stings and broken teeth; completed annual check-ups and emergency visits; and they have done this at no cost to the department," La Crosse police stated on a La Crosse PD Newsroom post.

Dr. Thompson received the 2014 Citizen's Award at the WPPA's 82nd Annual Convention on Saturday, May 31 in the Wisconsin Dells.

In 2013, Doctors Douglas and Kimberly Kratt of Central Animal Hospital in Onalaska received the Wisconsin Professional Police Association's Citizen Award.

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