Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county commissioners Monday the department’s existing dog is being kept busy and is required to have a certain amount of time off. “There’s a whole half of our shifts there that’s not covered by a dog, so I’d really like to get another one,”Richwine said. “I think I can do it with money that’s in my budget. I don’t have to ask for any more money.”
He expects the new K-9 to cost a total of around $50,000. That includes $16,000 for the dog and training and another $27,000 for a new vehicle. “What we want to do is take the Tahoe that I drive now, turn that into the K-9 vehicle, and then we’ll have to buy another one of those pickups that we’ve been buying,” he explained. Richwine says a kennel for the Tahoe with all the necessary features will cost between $6,000 and $7,000.
He adds there should be enough money to cover the estimated $50,000 cost between the Sheriff’s Department budget and the commissary fund.