October 25, 2014

Local family hits fundraising goal to train dog for sheriff dept.

James Kuch
Jimmy, now 8 months old, is only a few months away from the training process.
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ARENAC COUNTY — Jody Wilk and members of her family have been raising money for the cost of training a dog for the Arenac County Canine Team since March. That goal has now been reached.

“We now have around $5,600 for the dog to be trained,” Wilk said.

The dog will be trained for the Arenac County Sheriff Department for assistance in tracking suspects and finding drugs.

Wilk said that more money still needs to be raised for the program because Arenac County currently does not have a dog.

“Only 5 to 6 percent of dogs pass training,” Wilk said. “Out initial plan was to buy a trained dog but that would cost around $10,000.”

Instead, AuGres resident Peggy Sue Walker donated Jimmy, a German shepherd.

Now Wilk said all money raised will go toward training Jimmy and creating funds for future use.

“There is now a line in the Sheriff’s budget specifically for the dog,” she said. If people want to donate, they can now go though the department too.”

She said since March a number of bake sales, yard sales, and other fundraisers have been created the raise money for the canine program.

Friday, Oct. 29, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Standish, a chicken dinner will be held to help raise more money.

“We really hope to see drugs decreased in this area,” Wilk said.

She added that Jimmy will not be trained as an attack dog, but will be trained for the assistance of tracking suspects.

“If a business is broken into, a dog will be able to track their scent,” Wilk said.

She said that she would also like to see Jimmy go through the schools.

“There are so many things that we can be doing for the community,” Wilk said. “We got money to start the training and that is important.

To make a donation or to find out more about Jimmy, call Wilk at 989-329-3168, or visit www.acct.webs.com, or search for ACCT Now! on Facebook.

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