7th Annual Operation K-9 Brings Pawsitivity to the Northland

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Hundreds gathered at the University of Wisconsin-Superior football field on Thursday for the seventh annual Operation K-9 event.

K-9 units from the Duluth, Hermantown, and Superior Police Departments as well as those from the St. Louis County and Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices all demonstrated their training. There was also an opportunity for families to meet the K-9s.

This year’s event included a tribute to Duluth Police K-9 Luna, who was killed in the line of duty in February. One of the K-9s present was Athena, the half-sister of Luna.

Athena started working in May after going through narcotics training.

"We’re very fortunate to have her and lucky,” said handler Duluth Police Officer Kaase. “She’s a smart dog, energetic, and has a lot of energy. A lot of fun to work with."

In addition to the demonstrations, there were bounce houses, a variety of police vehicles to tour, and a silent auction. The event was free, but donations were encouraged and food was available for purchase. Proceeds went to the AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9
Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting K-9 units across the Northland.

To learn more about the foundation or to donate to the cause, you can go to this website.