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Scotts Bluff Co. Sheriff's office seeks public help funding K9 program

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Officials with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's office are asking for the public's help to raise funds for the local K9 training program. 
 
Deputy Scott Bibb says the county does provide a line item on the sheriff's office budget every year for the K9 program but the funds are minimal and this year the funds are almost gone.

Part of the program consists of traveling to Grand Island to train the department's two year old K9 Xem.

The program also includes replacing dog leashes and bite suits that easily get worn out after constant usage.

Bibb who is the K9 handler says Xem is a very good crime fighter who gets some kind of training daily.
 
"We try and do something with him every shift. Some kind of training scenario even if it's just obedience. It could be something as simple as taking him to a park and making him lay down and walk away from him then calling him to you. It could be searching for narcotics," Bibb explained.

Bibb says Xem has helped officials recover 128 pounds of marijuana and has also been a part of locating $13,000 dollars worth of drug money.
 
Bibb says he's thankful for local businesses that have already helped out and says anyone interested in supporting Xem can contact the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's office at 308-436-6667
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