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    Help support the Mount Pleasant police K9 units with at a bottomless plate mostaccioli dinner and visits from two of the best dogs working in law enforcement in Racine County; Bones and Brutus. Bones is a veteran of the MPPD, and Brutus and his human partner, Officer Nicole Knierim, are a new team introduced just last fall. Knierim is the first female K9 officer in Racine County, and her partnership with Brutus was paid for with a private donation of $30,000 given to the village a few years ago. While the donation paid for the initial purchase of Brutus and his training with Knierim, there are on-going costs for K9 officers like food, additional training and vet care. Community support is key to maintaining the K9 program, which both Knierim and MPPD Chief Tim Zarzecki see as vital to village police work. “K9 officers are a great tool for law enforcement,” the chief said. “They can help track people, help with drug detection and assist with apprehending offenders that much more quickly.” Knierim agreed. “K9s senses are far stronger then a humans. The dogs help to assist in aspects that an officer may not be able to do,” she said. The Mount Pleasant police K9 fundraiser is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring Street. Tickets are $10 in advance and $11 at the door. Supporters will eat will with unlimited mostaccioli, two meatballs, salad, bread and jello. There will also be a cash bar. Additionally, guests will get to meet and greet both Bones and Brutus and participate in a raffle as well as purchase t-shirts and baked goods. Knierim said there isn’t necessarily a fundraising goal in mind; she just wants as many members of the community to attend and have a good time. “As of this time, there isn’t a goal since it’s the first annual,” she said. “We just want to have a successful, fun filled event.”

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