ONALASKA, Wis. -

The owners of Central Animal Hospital in Onalaska has received the Wisconsin Professional Police Association's Citizen Award.

Doctors Douglas and Kimberly Kratt provide free veterinary service for the Onalaska Police K-9, as well as ten other K-9s from the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Holmen, Campbell and Tomah Police Departments.

Onalaska Police Chief Jeff Trotnic says the Kratts also helped raise money to buy a bullet and stab resistant vest for its K-9.

"This is an outstanding example of a successful partnership between the police and the public," Chief Trotnic said.

"We believe in investing in our community and as veterinarians we are very focused on the welfare of all animals, so providing assistance to the K-9 programs is our way of paying it forward," Dr. Douglas Kratt said.