Money raised by the Creekside Animal Hospital in Macomb Township will go toward the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team and the St. Clair Shores K-9 unit. A $1,500 check was presented on Jan. 23.

Money raised by the Creekside Animal Hospital in Macomb Township will go toward the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team and the St. Clair Shores K-9 unit. A $1,500 check was presented on Jan. 23.

Photo provided by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office


Animal hospital donates to local K-9 units

Sheriff’s office to use money for training aids, grooming tools

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published February 5, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Thanks to a recent donation, two local law enforcement K-9 units can now be further equipped.

On Jan. 23, a check presentation was held at Creekside Animal Hospital in Macomb Township.

Becky Kuester, manager and licensed veterinary technician at Creekside, said that $1,500 was raised for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team and the St. Clair Shores K-9 unit in honor of Axe.

K-9 Axe, a St. Clair Shores Police dog, was shot and killed in the line of duty on Nov. 4. Axe had been with the department since 2016.

The hospital’s goal was to raise $1,000.

“It was in honor of Axe,” Kuester said. “That’s what started it for us and we have a lot of clients that are Macomb County sheriff deputies and we wanted to support them as well.”

Kuester said that each K-9 will receive around $250.

Donations were collected from November to the end of 2018.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Renee Yax indicated the money will go toward K-9 equipment, such as training aids and grooming tools.

Kuester estimates that about 100 people contributed to the fundraiser, all of whom were more than willing to give.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team dogs’ training consists of tracking, apprehension, article searches, handler protection and building/area searches. Each dog is also cross trained in either narcotics detection or explosives detection.

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