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Corson Co. Sheriff's Office receives award for new vehicle for K-9 Unit

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The Corson County Sheriff's K-9 Unit is looking to upgrade its vehicle with a $20,000 award from the Drug Control Fund.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Monday the Corson County Sheriff's Office will put the money towards the purchase of a K-9 replacement vehicle.

Sara Rabern, spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office, said the K-9 Unit needs an appropriate vehicle for the dog to be housed. Rabern said the handler also has to have certain items in the vehicle for the dog.

Corson County Sheriff Keith Gall said the office received a 2003 Chevy Suburban when it first implemented a K-9 unit in 2010. Gall said the Suburban has a lot of miles on it and is becoming more difficult to maintain.

Gall said the department will not purchase a unit until after the first of next year-- when the 2013 budget takes place.

"The Corson County K-9 Unit is the only state certified drug dog in the north central part of South Dakota and these services are available to all the surrounding agencies," Gall said in a news release. "These funds will allow Corson County to keep the drug dog program active and to keep our communities and roadways safe."

Click here to see the Corson County K-9 Unit's Facebook Page.

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