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Dogs making an impact in the Red River Valley

Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 9:24 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - There are dogs in Cass County that is making a difference in helping with the safety of the community. Their impact is also felt in the fire and police departments.

Mika is one of a few selected arson dogs in the United States and though she works with the West Fargo Fire Dept. she covers eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota with her handler Fire Inspector John Neeb.

Mika joined the dept. over a year ago through a program with State Farm.

Recently Mika helped the Fergus Falls Fire Dept. investigate an arson on Mar. 23. One of the ways she helps is through sniffing out accelerants that are used in fires.

“In my mind, I think just having her in the region kind of deters potential arsonists,” said Neeb. “K-9′s are unbiased, so when we bring them to a scene they are not looking to find anybody or find any evidence, they’re just looking to work.”

Mika isn’t the only dog working in Cass County. Nero is the newest law enforcement dog for the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

“Kind of like any other dog in a sense that he just wants to play, and play to him is work,” said Cass County K9 handler Glenn Manning. “He doesn’t like me sitting still.”

Nero is a narcotics and apprehension dog that was brought in after the departments previous K9, Ed, died last year after serving Cass County for over a decade. Nero was brought in through a partnership with the county and Scheels.

A naming competition is underway through Scheels Fargo’s Facebook page for Nero’s new name. Results will be announced on April 1.

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