Waukesha Co. K-9 “Gordy” to retire at age nine; deputies hope you can help raise money for replacement

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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.

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Cam

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Cam

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.

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Cam

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Cam

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

But soon, K-9 Gordy will retire.

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

"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.

The K-9 officers are on patrol every day or they work with SWAT teams. Replacing Gordy would cost about $17,000. But what makes it tough is the unit is largely funded by donations.

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

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.

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Gordy

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.

3 comments

  • Losers

    How about the deputies get their own money for replacement. You guys funnel enough money out of the state you cant afford a damn dog…that’s why people can’t stand cops.

  • kg

    We already fund the police with tax $ now they want your donations to help pay for a dog that will be used to further harass you when they stop you to harass you when they are bored. Anyone giving them $ is completely ignorant to the militant style policing we are plagued with. Don’t fund these thugs with badges with your extra $.

  • Frito

    Yeah we’ll fund your dog that is primarily used to ruin the lives of citizens in possession of small amounts of drugs. No thanks.

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