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Newton Sheriff's K-9 Unit to hold fundraiser

Elvis is ready for Saturday's fundraiser at Bell's Grocery. He or one of his co-workers will meet and greet folks from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. - Special photo

Elvis is ready for Saturday's fundraiser at Bell's Grocery. He or one of his co-workers will meet and greet folks from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. - Special photo

COVINGTON -- It will be "dog days" a little early this year when the Newton County Sheriff's Office holds a series of fundraisers to benefit its K-9 Unit.

The first event is set for Saturday at Bell's Grocery, 11377 Brown Bridge Road from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

"Please come and join the Newton County Sheriff's Office for our first annual fundraiser," said NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Cortney Morrison. "At least one K-9 handler, along with his K-9 partner, will be on location."

Those donating $5 or more to the cause will have their names entered into a raffle with a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Bell's Grocery.

All proceeds will go toward supporting the four-team NCSO K-9 Unit, comprised of Bloodhounds Jiggs, handled by Deputy James Stevens; Elvis, handled by Deputy Christopher Bowles; Pete, handled by Deputy Chad Hunt; and Belgian Malinois Sam, handled by Deputy Roddie White.

Items the unit needs include stab and ballistic vests; GPS tracking software that tracks each step of a K-9 track; temperature monitoring and alert system which monitors the temperature inside a K-9 patrol vehicle; climate controlled kennels; equipment for K-9 track deployment such as short and training leads; and K-9 trauma kits which contain specific supplies needed to treat both handler and K-9 for injuries ranging from gunshot and knife wounds to insect bites.

Other fundraisers are set for Saturday, March 30, at two locations -- Kroger on Ga. Highway 20 and Walmart on Salem Road. Raffles will be held for gift certificates as these locations, as well.