Retired Captain Zainer of the Village of Greendale Police Department worked hard to make his vision of a K9 Unit become reality. He created a personal goal to have the K9 Unit in place before he retired. His dream came true in 2013 thanks to money obtained from a grant from the MECA Wisconsin Police K9 Fund and the Stan Lee Kass K9 Fund. (MECA – Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals)
The grant covered the initial $14800 investment to get K9 Nova (a Belgian Mainois/German Shepher mix dog) and a bullet resistant vest. Badger Fence donated K9 Nova’s kennel, and Fromm is providing food for Nova’s lifetime. The department also did a lot of fundraising to purchase a K9 vehicle and related police equipment. No taxpayer money was used to get K9 Nova.
K9 Nova is a dual purpose canine meaning that he specializes in narcotics detection as well as patrol work – tracking suspects, building searches, area searches, evidence searches, criminal apprehension, and officer/handler protection. K9 Nova has to go through 16 hours of training per month and of that one full day they train with several other Milwaukee County K9 units
K9 Nova lives with his handler Officer Tony Fitzgerald. He is not a pet, but his work partner. Officer Fitzgerald trains with K9 Nova, and both receive certified training. They are on call 24/7 to assist with high risk calls.
K9 Nova’s name was selected by the Village Board from a contest of name submissions. The winner was a then nine year old from Highland View School.
K9 Nova was sworn in on May 16, 2013.
We met K9 Nova this past Saturday at Greendale Village Days. What a great dog!
Fundraising continues, and K9 Nova is certainly a worthy cause!
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