Artist Birgit Bach Designs MPD Shirt

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

The new shirts are now available for purchase on the Capital K9s website – “Shop Now” page.

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Lab Aided

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!

50/50 Raffle Winners – September 2014

Capital K9s announces the raffle winners of the 50/50 raffle drawing held at Dog Paddle 2014 this past Sunday:

1st Place – Joe G of Madison

2nd Place – Tim C of DeForest

3rd Place – CJ K of Madison

Thanks to all  who supported Capital  K9s by purchasing this  year’s raffle tickets!

The efforts of Mad Rollin Dolls in selling the raffle tickets is greatly appreciated!

Isthmus Paper Recognizes MPD K9 Unit

To serve and protect: Madison’s exceptional police dogs help keep the city safe

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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)

Capital K9s Welcomes Officer Nick Eull

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.

Capital K9s on Evening News

WKOW Channel 27 Interviews Police Rose Mansavage

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.

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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.

Police Officer Nick Eull and K9 Frees in Training


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Newly appointed to the K9 unit, Madison Police Officer Nick Eull and his canine partner, Frees, undergo extensive training in North Carolina.

This is what wrote:

Frees and I have been training together at Tarheel Canine in Sanford, NC since June 2. We’ve put in some long days in this North Carolina heat but our hard work is surely paying off. We continue to learn from each other and I’m certain the two of us will make a great team back in Madison. Some of the training topics we have tackled include narcotics detection, building/open area searches, bitework/aggression, tracking and obedience just to name a few.

I’ve attached an action photo which was taken while Frees and I were working through a “blind” vehicle sniff for narcotics. In this instance, Frees was tasked with sniffing the exterior of a car for illegal drugs. We didn’t know whether or not this vehicle actually had narcotics in it. Frees used his nose and found the drugs concealed in the engine compartment. His trained alert is a “sit and stare” at the source location which he did. He then awaits his reward for working which happened to be a rubber Kong toy.

This photo shows me throwing Frees’ Kong toy at the front grill where he has alerted to the odor of narcotics. It’s a pretty cool shot since the Kong is mere inches above his head while his eyes are still locked in on the car. The dog actually thinks that the toy magically appears from the car and doesn’t realize that I am the one who secretly “pays” him for working.