Held at Alliant Energy Center
Sunday, November 2
At Dog Fair, Capital K9s President Kristen Fuhremann explained how this non-profit organization helps support the Madison Police Department canine unit – fund raising events and through the generous donations of individual citizens and local business. (more…)
Since 2009, David Wood, owner of Applewood Self Storage, has donated to the Madison Police Department K9 Unit a valuable training tool. (more…)
The Carlson Company construct the canine agility equipment at the Madison Police Department Training Center. Thanks to Chris Carlson and his crew for building these wonderful canine training tools. Capital K9s salutes this civic-minded business!
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Capital K9s wishes to extend a very special “Thank You” to Artist Birgit Bach for designing the logo for our new MPD merchandise apparel. We appreciate the many hours she spent drawing the portrait of the dog and for incorporating Chief Koval’s motto into the design. Birgit specializes in hand drawn “Pet Portraits”. To view other custom art designs by Birgit, visit her website www.underthesunarts.com
The new shirts are now available for purchase on the Capital K9s website – “Shop Now” page.
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Lab Aided at Pool by Dog Paddle Volunteers/Off-Duty Police Officers
Lab aided: Two of Madison’s finest – Police Officer Jordan Ebner and Police Officer Micaela Magsamen – witnessed Bailey struggling in the deep end of the pool at Dog Paddle 2014. They pulled this lovable lab from the water and stayed with Bailey until the staff at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine could examine her.
After Bailey passed this wellness examination, the owner was located. All’s well that ends well and Bailey went home with a great story to share with her pups and grand pups. Thank you Officer Ebner and Officer Magsamen for caring!
To serve and protect: Madison’s exceptional police dogs help keep the city safe
Read this interesting article in the current issue of The Isthmus Paper: “The Wells Fargo Bank near East Towne Mall was robbed in February. When Madison police officers arrived………………” (read more)
Police Officer Nick Eull – K9 Frees On Duty!
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The Madison Police Department has announced the assignment of this new team. After extensive training in North Carolina, Police Officer Eull and K9 Frees have assumed their duties protecting the Madison community. Capital K9s welcomes these two members of the canine unit. Funding through Capital K9s was made possible by a generous donation of Midwest Family Broadcasting.
MADISON (WKOW) –Madison Police Officer Rose Mansavage has two partners, K9 Officers Marty and Falco. She jokes, “I see them more than my kids, my husband. It’s 24/7. Every day!”Officers Marty and Falco work and live with Officer Mansavage, so they have a very tight bond. In fact, try to get their attention and you’ll have a hard time. They are so in tune with her, they tend to not pay attention to much else. They are always waiting for a command from her.
Officers Marty and Falco, like the other K9 officers with the Madison Police Department do mostly detector work. Officer Mansavage says, “We’re constantly checking drugs in vehicles, checking buildings. We’re also doing a lot of tracking.”
That’s something that saved a Madison man’s life recently. Stephen Nelsen, who has dementia, wandered off. Two K9 officers were able to track his scent and help mounted patrol officers find him.
In most city-run K9 units, taxpayers foot the bill. But in Madison, they never have. The non-profit agency Capital K9s was founded 10 years ago and raises money throughout the year. It pays for just about everything: the dogs, their training, health care, food and equipment. Everything except the human officers’ salaries and benefits.
“That’s a significant contribution. The estimate is $50,000 to put a K9 officer on the street that’s $50,000 less taxpayer money that’s not coming from the city budget,” says Officer Mansavage.
Capital K9 Board Member Dan McIlroy says, “We’ve had a lot of drugs taken off the streets and when you look at those statistics you say ‘Wow, if we didn’t have a K9 team, where would we be?’ We see value to this and we want to help.”
The Capital K9 program has two big fundraisers. The 8th Annual Dog Paddle is September 7th at Goodman Pool. All dogs are allowed to swim there for a donation. To learn more about it, and the non-profit’s spring fundraiser, head to this website.