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K9-Ray of the Houston County Sheriff’s office, who died in November.

A Houston County non-profit has raised over $9,000 to help acquire a new K-9 unit for the sheriff’s office.

The Houston County K-9 Foundation raised the funds in just a few months in what Sheriff Mark Inglett described as an “overwhelming” show of support. K-9 Ray, who was the county’s only police dog, was killed last November when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and has not been identified, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Inglett said the Houston County K-9 Foundation quickly began raising money for the department after Ray’s death to cover the costs of getting a new K-9. Members of the foundation’s board include Heather Myhre, Liz Nelson, Angie Halverson, Lisa Inglett and Josh Johnson.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office recalled K-9 Chance from retirement to fill in until new dog could be found. The sheriff said Chance has been working well but he still wants to find a permanent replacement. Now that funds have been secured, Inglett said Lt. Trace Erickson will begin the search for a new K-9. Erickson was Ray’s handler. Inglett said he was taken aback by how quickly the Houston County community came together to raise funds for his office.

“The amount of support we’ve received for the K-9 program and law enforcement overall has been overwhelming,” he said. “It’s very comforting.”


Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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