Mayo Clinic Health System donates to Monroe Co. Sheriff’s K-9 program

Fundraising for a second K-9 in Monroe County is getting some help.

Mayo Clinic Health system handed over a $1,500 check Wednesday to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit.

Dr. Rodney Erickson of Mayo in Tomah presented the donation. Dr. Erickson has done a lot of work related to the opioid crisis on the health care side.

The new dog will be another weapon in the fight against drugs.

“Our K-9’s are probably our best tool against the drug problem we have. Finding the drugs is where the drug users or dealers are the most vulnerable and that gives us the opportunity to find those drugs on the side of the road versus the big complicated processes of a search warrant,” said Monroe Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Geier.

Along with finding drugs, the dog will also be able to help track down suspects and missing people.