Coins celebrate, fund local K-9 program

K9 Deputies Django and Ruin have their own special coins now. The coins are available for purchase at the sheriff's office, in the county's East Annex Building, 1425 E. High St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can get one for $3 or both for $5. "We use the funds for training equipment," said Deputy Ken Jacob. "Food and veterinary care are donated, which helps out a lot."

Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for your favorite dog lover or just want to support local K-9 units, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office has just the thing.

This year’s annual K-9 fundraiser includes coins engraved with photos of deputies Django and Ruin.

Django (the D is silent) is an adorably flopped-eared, hyperactive 6-year-old Belgian Malinios who is always up for a game of catch, whether it’s tennis balls or non-compliant suspects who flee from his partner, Deputy Jason Randall.

Ruin is a 5 1/2-year-old Dutch German shepherd who likes it when reporters scratch him behind ears but has no mercy on them when they put on a bite sleeve and participate in training events. (Editor’s note: this article’s author found this out first-hand.)

“We use the funds for training equipment,” said his partner, Deputy Ken Jacob. “Food and veterinary care are donated, which helps out a lot.”

The coins are available for purchase at the sheriff’s office, in the county’s East Annex Building, 1425 E. High St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can get one for $3 or both for $5.

This year’s K-9 fundraiser was sponsored by donations from Miller Body Shop Sales and Service, A Cut Above Styling Salon, Misty King of AmeriMade Realty, ElliAnn’s Boutique and the Mad Ox Men’s Emporium.

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