Marshfield Police Department
The Marshfield Police Department's K-9 Program began in May, 2001. The program was completely funded through community donations. Enough money was raised to purchase and train "Dora", a Belgian Malinois born in Holland, and her handler. Dora was initially trained in Holland and then brought to the United States to the Vohne Liche Kennels, which is located in Denver, Indiana. Dora is four years old.
Dora is a dual purpose patrol / narcotics dog. She can track suspects or lost persons, protect her handler, conduct building, area, and small article searches, as well as make apprehensions and perform narcotics detection. Dora is able to detect the odors of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, as well as their derivatives.
Dora has had an immediate impact for the Marshfield Police Department. On her first day of work she tracked two juveniles who had burglarized a home and then fled on foot. Dora tracked the suspects to a wooded area, where one of the suspects got up and ran. Dora led the officers to a garage, at which time the suspect was taken into custody. The second suspect was apprehended a short distance away. Since May, 2001, Dora has been used effectively in more than 50 cases.
Officer Scott Schlei is Dora's handler who attended five weeks of training with her in Indiana. Dora stays with Officer Schlei around the clock at his residence. They work a Schedule that best serves both the citizens of Marshfield and the police department. Officer Schlei carries a pager and can be contacted should Dora's services be needed when they are off-duty.
Scott and Dora continue to conduct community presentations, which have had a positive impact upon the citizens that they have met. They also train regularly to keep their skills sharp.
Photos of Dora's Performance