Ida County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit
The Ida County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit consists of two full time deputies and their canine partners. K-9 Deputies are assigned to the Ida County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and have all of the responsibilities of a patrol deputy such as answering calls for service and conducting traffic enforcement in addition to their K-9 duties.
The Ida County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was re-established in May 2014 with the purchase of K-9 ‘Anou’ from North Iowa K-9. Prior to 2014 the Ida County Sheriff’s Office had been without a canine unit for approximately 5 years. K-9 ‘Anou’ was purchased using public donations from numerous businesses and individuals in Ida County.
After the re-establishment of the canine unit, K-9 ‘Anou’ and her handler, Deputy Andrew Shillington, proved to be effective in locating contraband that may have otherwise gone undiscovered. Between 2014 and 2017 the K-9 Unit assisted in multiple federal and state level narcotics convictions. Due to the successful re-establishment of the K-9 Unit the sheriff’s office expanded its capabilities by adding another canine deputy in February 2017. The sheriff’s office purchased K-9 ‘Nera’ from Mid-Michigan Kennels, again using only public donations.
From 2014 to 2017 the Ida County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was funded strictly by public donations, including the funds for the original purchase of both dogs. In July 2017, with the acquisition of a second K-9 Team, the sheriff’s office allocated a line item in the budget for the K-9 Unit. The K-9 Unit continues to operate largely on donations from the public with a budget that is less than 0.5% of the annual sheriff’s office budget.
The day-to-day operations of the K-9 Unit are coordinated by the K-9 Unit Coordinator, Deputy Andrew Shillington. Deputy Shillington can be reached at email@example.com.
K9-01 – ‘ANOU’
Name: Anou - "Nu-Nu"
Age: 6 Years Old
Breed: Belgian Malinois
K-9 ‘Anou’ was purchased in May 2014 from North Iowa K-9 in Humboldt, Iowa. K-9 ‘Anou’ is a 6 year old, female, Belgian Malinois who is handled by Deputy Andrew Shillington.K-9 ‘Anou’ was born in Germany and flown to the US where she finished her training. K-9 ‘Anou’ is trained in tracking, area searches, building searches, criminal apprehension, narcotics detection, and evidence location and recovery. K’9 ‘Anou’ is certified as a dual purpose patrol / narcotics dog through the United States Police Canine Association.
Deputy Shillington and K-9 ‘Anou’ have competed annually in the United States Police Canine Association’s Narcotics and Patrol Dog Field Trials and have won several awards including two first place team trophies and a third place over-all finish in 2016. Deputy Shillington and K-9 ‘Anou’ have also represented the Ida County Sheriff’s Office, for the first time, on a national stage at the United States Police Canine Association National Patrol Dog Trials in Gloucester Township, New Jersey where they placed 33rd out of a total of 80 other canine teams from all around the United States.
K-9 ‘Anou’ loves rawhide bones and hates squirrels!
K9-02 – ‘NERA’
Age: 2 Years Old
Breed: German Shepherd
K-9 ‘Nera’ was purchased in February 2017 from Mid-Michigan Kennels. K-9 ‘Nera’ is a 2 year old, female, German Shepherd Dog who is handled by Deputy Alex Ehlers. K-9 ‘Nera’ was born in Poland and flown to the United States where she was trained. K-9 ‘Nera’ is a single purpose canine trained in narcotics detection.
Deputy Ehlers and K-9 ‘Nera’ completed a 4 week basic handler’s course at Mid-Michigan Kennels and were certified as a single purpose K-9 Team through DLE. Deputy Ehlers and K-9 ‘Nera’ will be certifying through the United States Police Canine Association early 2018.
K-9 ‘Nera’ loves to chew on EVERYTHING and hates when cars drive by her!
Both K-9 Teams participate in weekly training in their pursuit of excellence, and to maintain the level of professionalism essential for the protection of the public, law enforcement officers, and their canine partners. Posted below are a few videos of our K-9 Unit during training.
The members of the Ida County Sheriff’s Office strive to provide the highest level of service possible to the residents and business owners of Ida County. It is our belief that the K-9 Unit gives the sheriff’s office another valuable tool in our arsenal to fight, prevent, and solve crimes.
If you would like to make a monetary tax deductible contribution, to assist with the cost of operating the Ida County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, send your check to the Ida County Sheriff’s Office made payable to the Ida County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fundraiser. If you have any further questions or comments about the K-9 Unit or if you would like to schedule a K-9 Demonstration, please do not hesitate to contact Sheriff Wade Harriman or Deputy Andrew Shillington at the Ida County Sheriff’s Office (712)-364-3146 during normal business hours or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit News and Updates
-Keeping up with the K-9's-
September 24 - 29, 2017
Deputy Shillington and K-9 Anou participated in the United States Police Canine Association National Field Trials in Foley, Alabama. Below are some of the pictures from the competition.