INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers rely on their K-9 counterparts every day.
The law enforcement division currently needs at least one new dog, but the funds have run out.
The officers are asking the public to donate a dog to join the ranks.
The DNR dogs do a lot of tracking in the woods, so they are looking for sporting dogs, like Labradors.
The dogs also have about 100 public appearances a year, so the dogs also need to be friendly.
DNR K-9 officer Addi is hot on the trail of a cell phone, left by her partner Ted Stine.
Within minutes, the chocolate lab was able to track it down by smell.
Addi puts her tracking skills to use all the time for the DNR.
“Like a firearm, spent shell casings, credit cards, keys, cell phones, just about anything that has human scent on it,” Shelby Co. Indiana Conservation Officer Ted Stine said.
She and the other eight DNR K-9s are most often used to track people.
“Lost hunters, lost kids, Alzheimer’s patients, criminals, just whoever we need to go find,” Stine said.
Once when a criminal fled a shooting scene in Martinsville, it was a dog like Addi who was called into work.
“And our K-9 team was able to get on scene there, track that suspect, and not only located the suspect, but locate the firearms used in that crime,” Indiana Conservation Officer Jet Quillen said.
Addi’s also special because she came to the DNR as a rescue dog, and she’s not the only one.
“Currently six of our nine dogs have been rescued from either animal shelters or rescue organizations,” Quillen said.
Now the department is asking for another dog to be donated.
“We are looking for potential candidates to become one of our K-9s and we’ve exhausted our resources, so we’re asking the public’s help,” Quillen said.
They are looking for sporting breeds, like labs and retrievers.
The age they’d like is between ten months and two years old.
If you know of a dog that could be a good candidate, you’re asked to message the DNR Law Enforcement division on Facebook.
To visit the Facebook page click here.