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3/7/2014 1:58:00 PM
Putnam County's newest K-9 officer impacts drug smugglers


NewsTribune photo/Shannon Crawley-SerpettePutnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle (left) and officer Jacob Frund (right) show off the department’s newest officer, a K-9 dog named “Roxy.
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Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle (left) and officer Jacob Frund (right) show off the department’s newest officer, a K-9 dog named “Roxy.
Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer



HENNEPIN — Putnam County Sheriff’s Department’s newest officer has hit the ground running.

Since officially joining the force on Jan. 10, Roxy, the department’s new K-9 dog, has been responsible for several drug arrests, her handler, officer Jacob Frund, said.

Watching Roxy in action during the first drug arrest was satisfying for Frund, who had worked with her long and hard to prepare for that moment during their 160-hour training program.

“It’s exciting,” he said.

Frund, who has been on the department for almost four years, said he had expressed interest in being a K-9 handler since he first joined the department.

“In the military, I saw them working,” he said. “It was just neat to see how well-trained they are.”

Adding Roxy, a 17-month-old German Shepherd, into his household has been both rewarding and challenging, he said.

“It is constant work, every day. They have their good days and their bad days. Some days they kind of test you,” he said.

But, Frund added, the time he puts in is well worth it because of the strong bond — both on and off the job — that he and Roxy have developed.

A K-9 dog can do more than sniff out drugs. If a person is missing, the dog can track the scent, Frund said. Plus, K-9 dogs are always popular with children, he added.

With all things considered, Roxy has cost about $10,000 so far, sheriff Kevin Doyle said.
The money is coming from private donations and from businesses — none of it will come from taxpayer money.

Doyle said he is pleased with how Frund has handled the challenge of working with Roxy.

“He’s doing very well and he’s very enthusiastic,” Doyle said.
 
Shannon Crawley-Serpette may be reached at (309) 364-2268 or ntputnam@newstrib.com.










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