Officer Anthony Pasterz says a K-9 unit is crucial for all departments here in North Dakota.
“Our community needs this we have a opioid epidemic, nationwide, our community needs extra tools for law enforcement to help get these drugs off the street,” said Pasterz.
When Pasterz saw the opportunity he pushed to get Kilo on his team.
“Kilo is a three year old Belgian Malinois we got him from a trainer in Fargo North Dakota.”
Having a K-9 program is quite costly so Kilo is special as he’s the first ever K-9 to join the Burlington police department.
“Financially the city doesn’t really have the money to pay for a K-9 program out right so we got grants from businesses around the community to help pay for the K-9 program,” said Pasterz.
Among these businesses was Trinity Health who recently donated five thousand dollars.
“I think it’s huge that the community wanted to help,” said Pasterz.
Kilo is trained to find the five base drugs
“Heroin, Cocaine,Marijuana, MDMA, and methamphetamine,” said Pasterz
“An even more interesting fact about this guy is that Kilo is actually a rescue dog”.
“When I tell him lets go to work lets go find some drugs, He’s all business’
and at the end of the day, Kilo gets to go home with Officer Pasterz
“I also have 3 children and 3 other dogs so it’s a very fun house”
Pasterz agrees that Kilo is just the right kind high energy that will help combat drugs in the community.