WAUKESHA COUNTY -- His job is to keep drugs and offenders off the streets in Waukesha County, but in a matter of months, K-9 Officer Gordy will be retiring. Deputies need your help raising money for a replacement.
Eager to sniff out drugs, K-9 "Cam" is on a mission when he's at work.
"He is a passive dog, so he will sit, but you`ll be able to see by his change in behavior he is on to something," said Deputy Ryan Wollenhaupt.
From locating narcotics to chasing a suspect, Cam can do it all. Cam is the newest member of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department's K-9 Unit -- which is made up of four dogs and their handlers.
But soon, K-9 Gordy will retire.
"The typical working K-9 usually functions for approximately nine or 10 years," said Lt. Michael Goldmann.
Gordy is nine -- and dogs age much faster than humans.
"If I want him to go jump a fence, you have to ask a 90-year-old to jump a fence. You don`t want them to ever get hurt," said Deputy Brad Stenulson.
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Donations would not just go towards a new K-9 officer. The money will also be used for things like veterinary care or equipment -- like a leash or bulletproof vests.
"We're constantly called out. I've been to Washington County, Walworth County, help out the FBI, the DEA. It's not just Waukesha County. It's every region," Wollenhaupt said.
The below upcoming events will be held to raise money for the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department's K-9 Unit:
- Friday, June 10th — 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — All-you-can-eat fish fry buffet at Fuzzy’s Sports Pub & Grill at 627 E. Main Street in Waukesha for $10 per person
- Sunday, June 13th — Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Motorcycle Ride — 515 W. Moreland Boulevard. Registration at 9:00 a.m., ride leaves at 10:00 a.m., ending at Fuzzy’s at 1:00 p.m. for $35 per person
- Monday, June 14th — K-9 Golf Outing — 11:00 a.m. at the Broadlands Golf Club at 18 Augusta Way in North Prairie
Donations can be made to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Association year-round.