MARION – Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti Monday made a $3,000 donation to Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick’s K9 program to assist with the purchase of their new K9, Bara, a two-year-old Belgium Malinois.
Zanotti said a new K9 was needed due to the passing of the sheriff’s most recent one in the previous months. Deputy James Wright, the K9 officer, recently underwent a training course with Bara in Indiana. Bara was born and initially trained in the Netherlands, a popular location for successful police dog training.
Zanotti added K9 officers help with many aspects beyond sensing and detecting drugs, from tracking missing persons or fleeing fugitives/suspects to helping defend officers from dangerous situations. He said he was thrilled to meet Bara and anticipates the great work she will do for the county.
Sheriff Vick thanked him for the donation and said, “It is great to have a State’s Attorney who recognizes the importance of working together to make our communities a safer place to live and raise our families.”