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Local charity helps law enforcement fund K-9 programs

One-year-old Riggs, a Belgian Malinois, is the Marinette Police Department's newest officer on duty, thanks to the Karl Zeitler Memorial Fund, March 25, 2017. (WLUK)

LITTLE SUAMICO (WLUK) -- One-year-old Riggs, a Belgian Malinois, is the Marinette Police Department's newest officer on duty.

"It's a huge, it's the first K-9 that we've had in 2 and a half decades," said Matt Borths, Marinette Police K-9 handler.

The funds to help jump start the department's K-9 program, was made possible by the Karl Zeitler Memorial Inc.

It's a fundraiser aimed to help local law enforcement purchase patrol dogs.

"Every year in the spring, we hold this event and raise money, and we donate it to our area K-9 communities," said Julie Zeitler, who helped organize the event.

The charity is named after Zeitler's husband Karl, who passed away in 2010.

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She says the event is the family's way of giving back to the community, and keeping Karl's memory alive.

"He loved coming to Little Creek Lodge, and shooting, he was an avid hunter, and lover of animals," explained Zeitler.

Last year, the charity was able to raise $13,000, which was donated to the Marinette Police Department to purchase Riggs.

Broths says Riggs is already helping to combat the area's growing drug problem, "I would say probably close to a pound roughly of marijuana."

Borths says when he isn't on duty, "He's a good dog, I have a couple of kids, he does really well with them, he's a good dog."

This year, the charity presented a check to the Oconto County Sheriff's Office.

"Oconto County has a good strong K-9 program, but they're retiring one of their dogs, so we're going to be purchasing another dog to be put into service for Oconto County," said Zeitler.

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