First: For those who voted so many times for us in the FM K-9 contest on Facebook — thank you. We unfortunately weren’t the top vote recipient, but appreciate your help trying to be more frugal when we purchase our next K9.
Next: We’re already planning a busy year of events to promote and raise funds for the MPD K9 Unit. Please save the dates for these events and watch our social media accounts for more details.
Doggy Date Night at State Line Distillery on
Thursday, February 14th, 6-9:00 PM. $1 from every cocktail, mocktail,
and soda sold will benefit Capital K9s. We will have a professional
photographer onsite to take pictures in a “kissing booth” of you with
your favorite human or K9 companions for a nominal donation. We will
also have a limited amount of Capital K9s merchandise, trading card
sets, and plush dogs available for purchase.
Our second Sunday Funday with Capital K9s at Wisconsin Brewing Company on Sunday, July 21st. We again plan to provide you with a K9
demonstration, music, food trucks, vendors, and more in a the
spacious family- and dog-friendly atmosphere of WBC. Oh, we will have our own beer for sale as well!
Our annual Dog Paddle Dog Swim & Dog Wash at Goodman Pool on Sunday, September 8th. If you haven’t experienced this before —
you’ve been missing out! The pool is open for dogs only, and the
day features contests, raffles, refreshments. Last year we again had
around 1300 people and 700+ dogs in attendance.
We also hope to participate in the Mounds Dog Fest and other community and fundraising events as the calendar (and K9 and volunteer availability!) allows.
Lastly: We appreciate all of your support of our organization. If you would like to make a donation to sponsor a K9, include Capital K9s in your estate planning, provide general financial support the K9 Unit, fundraise through your business or other civic events, or volunteer with us — please contact any of our Board Members for more information. We thrive on donations of all sizes and monetary and in-kind donations; we cannot do what we do without your continued backing.
On behalf of all the current and retired K9s of the MPD — THANK YOU. Our community is safer and stronger, and Madison is a better place to live and work thanks to our amazing MPD K9 Unit!
The City of Madison Police Department recently announced the addition of its newest member to its K9 Unit — K9 Bowie. Bowie, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois born in the Netherlands, will work alongside Patrol Officer Eric Disch. Bowie is Disch’s second K9 and replaces K9 Jagger, who retired earlier this year.
Bowie and Jagger were both sponsored through the generous financial support of Karen Walsh and Jim Berbee, MD. As sponsors, Karen and Jim had the opportunity to name each K9. Connected to their love for rock music, Jagger was named after Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, and Bowie was named after late musician David Bowie.
Bowie is a dual purpose canine trained to detect illegal drugs, track people, search buildings, locate evidence, and assist in the apprehension of crime suspects. Disch and Bowie recently completed their certification process and will work during the night shift.
Please welcome Bowie to the K9 Unit! Learn more about the K9 Unit on the MPD K9 Unit webpage, and follow Capital K9s on social media.
The financial support provided by Capital K9s — all made possible through sponsors and donors — enables the MPD K9 Unit to protect and serve the citizens of Madison with the services of a highly-trained, certified, and professional K9 Unit.
On April 10, at approximately 11:13 PM, officers were dispatched to an anonymous report of a vehicle dealing drugs out of a restaurant parking lot on the northeast side of Madison. Officers responded initially and made contact with the vehicle and sole occupant. After conducting a preliminary investigation, officers requested that Officer Jason Baumgart and his K9 partner, Allied, respond to their location to perform and exterior sniff of the vehicle involved.
After arriving on scene, Officer Baumgart commanded Allied sniff the car’s exterior. Allied alerted on the exterior of the car in two locations. The positive alert of a well-trained and reliable narcotics K9 is probable cause for officers to enter the vehicle. In this case, a subsequent search of the car revealed the suspect was possessing and selling a wide variety of illegal drugs. The total drugs recovered include:
34 bindles of cocaine (18.5 grams)
2 baggies of heroin (4.1 grams)
14 pills of schedule 2 narcotics
Over $2,000 cash
The suspect was charged with possession of all of the above (including intent to deliver for the cocaine) and also probation violation.
Protecting the Madison Police Department (MPD) K9s while they are serving our community is vital. The risk of a K9 becoming overcome by heat on a summer day, while waiting in a squad car, is acute. The heat alarm monitors vital components including temperature sensors and vehicle battery voltage. If an alarm condition is detected, the unit will activate the horn, siren, & flashing lights, as well as a duel window drop. The engine stall and “no K9 left behind” features are included. Click on the image below to access more details.
To safeguard these dedicated members of MPD, heat alarms are installed in all of the K9 Unit squad cars. The heat alarm in K9 Falko’s squad no longer functions and must be replaced.
On GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017, Capital K9s launches an effort to to raise$1,000 for a new heat alarm. With your ongoing financial support, these K9s can serve our community in relative safety.
The Madison Police Department’s K9 Unit is currently comprised of eight working dogs. Their training, equipment, food and veterinary care are provided by Capital K9s, which relies solely on donations to fund these initiatives.
Be a part of the community that’s giving back to these loyal guardians who are dedicated to making our neighborhoods safe. Contribute to the Capital K9s on GivingTuesday via the link below.
Madison’s K9 Unit was out in full force at the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District for a special training exercise.
The officers and K9s practiced coordinating an armed response on the district’s 558-acre campus. The landscape includes prairies, woods, and wetlands– the perfect environment for practicing tactical searches and apprehensions in a challenging but safe atmosphere.
Officer Eric Disch and his German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix, Jagger, made quick work of tracking down a “suspect” concealed by very dense brush.
Thanks to the generosity of the Madison Metropolitan School District, the MPD K9 Unit once again had the opportunity to hone its teamwork and tracking skills in a realistic environment. Exercises like these are critical to ensuring that real-life apprehensions are performed as safely and successfully as possible.
Liam Bates, a 9-year-old from Cottage Grove, has set out to make sure local law enforcement officers know they are appreciated, and he’s already touched a number of officers locally, including Officer Eric Disch and K9 Jagger.
In his letter to officers, Liam includes a coin of St. Michael the Archangel, known as the patron saint of law enforcement.
Liam recently requested another meeting with Officer Disch as he had another special surprise: A coin especially for K9 Jagger. Liam was excited to see Jagger again and give him a few pats on the head.
A unique program keeps used pet food bags out of the landfill and gives back to Capital K9s!
Our friends at Pet World Warehouse Outlet collect empty Earthborn dog food bags and send them to TerraCycle to be recycled. For every two pounds of bags recycled, one dollar is donated to a designated non-profit.
When Capital K9s received a $150 check in the mail this June, it took some detective work to figure out where it came from.
We quickly learned that this generous donation comes to us thanks to Pet World and its customers, who turned in 300 pounds of dog bags!
That’s a lot of bags kept out of the landfill!
You can help, too, by saving your Earthborn dog food bags and taking them to Pet World.
Every little bit helps support the Madison Police Department K9 Unit!