Drug dog declared surplus

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 5, 2017

The River Falls Council voted on Wednesday to declare one of its K9 drug dogs surplus, but it’s still unclear what will happen to the dog.

Mayor Patricia Gunter said after Wednesday night’s meeting that the details of what will happen to the dog are still being worked out.

At their Dec. 20 council meeting, River Falls Police Chief Cody Warren told the council he had no desire to work with K9s anymore.

The council had purchased a pair of K9s for former Chief Greg Jackson and current Officer Kyle Adams in 2015 after a lengthy discussion.

During theDecember meeting, Warren told the council that other police departments had expressed interest in purchasing the K9, and there was also an option to donate the dog to the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, where Jackson is a narcotics agent.

At the December meeting, council member Richard Bowden made a motion to donate the dog to the Drug Task Force with the stipulation that the dog was to work with Jackson.

At that point, Attorney William Alverson advised the council got into closed session to discuss that as part of pending litigation.

At Wednesday’s meeting the council met less than five minutes to get an update on Alverson about the pending litigation.