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Operation Round Up on board with new Pine County K-9

Chewy, Pine County’s new K-9 officer, rides securely in the back of Deputy Benjamin Neel’s squad car with the help of a $2,500 grant from the ECE Operation Round Up® (ORU) Trust. Thanks to an outpouring of donations from Pine County organizations, communities, businesses and individuals, the sheriff’s department was recently able to reinstate the K-9 program.

The ORU grant made it possible to purchase the kennel transport system, a temperature control monitor and automatic door opening system needed to transport a K-9 officer. As the dog’s handler, Deputy Neel is working with Chewy in the 12-week training program and is looking forward to putting the dog’s skills to work for the residents of Pine County.

ECE members contribute to the charitable ORU Trust when they volunteer to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. Learn more about Operation Round Up.

Pine County Deputy Benjamin Neel with K-9 officer Chewy

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