Vernon County Sheriff's Office hosts 5K for K-9's

VIROQUA, Wis. (WKBT) - Community members laced up their shoes to run in support of law enforcement K-9's Saturday. The Vernon County Sheriff's Office held a 5K run to support the office's K-9 unit.

The run took place in Viroqua with all proceeds benefiting Myk, the sheriff's office K-9, with training and maintenance costs. 62 runners participated in the race on Saturday.

While many think K-9 dogs are only used for drug searches, the Vernon County K-9's are trained to find missing person's and take down suspects.

Organizers say the dogs mean a lot to the sheriffs.

"They're full fledged officers. They're sworn deputies. So they have all the rank and everything else along with that and they do a great job. We're very happy with K-9 Myk right now and his handler Mark. They do a fantastic job for us and after today we're hoping to expand," said Vernon County Sheriff John Spears.

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