Sheriff seeks donations for increased K-9 patrols

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Madera County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, has set up an online donation site seeking funds to restore full K-9 patrol units in both the Mountain Area and Valley.

Currently, the office has only one dog, trained solely in narcotics.

The $25,000 being sought, in addition with commitments of $12,000 from community members, would help purchase new dogs, equipment, and provide training and medical care, as well as other means of support.

“The existence of a patrol K-9 Unit at the (division) greatly enhances our agency’s capability to track down, locate, and capture wanted offenders in rural and urban environments, and detect illegal narcotics in our communities and schools,” the donation page reads. “The employment of K-9 assets can greatly reduce safety risks to the citizens and law enforcement officers of Madera County, while increasing our agency’s effectiveness in apprehending criminals and conserving the peace.”

During a domestic dispute Tuesday night, the sheriff’s office called in support from Mariposa County’s K-9 unit, which helped assist in apprehending the suspect, Lucas Caleb Roduner.

Donations made to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office are tax deductible, and will go directly to the K-9 unit without being used in other parts of the department.

By this week, $2,020 had been donated by visiting

Madera County Sheriff’s Office