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Mauston officer Adam Noe reviews paperwork at the Mauston Police Station.

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Mauston Police Department has a new K9 officer. Officer Adam Noe was selected to fill the role vacated by former K9 Officer Eric Sanner.

Noe has been a police officer in Mauston since 2012. Noe has also previously served as a police officer in the Village of Necedah.

Earlier this year, Mauston Police Department’s former police dog, Kantor, had to retire due to severe allergies. Officer Sanner chose not to be the handler of the next police dog, saying it might be stressful for Kantor to see another dog go to work while he had to stay home.

In a press release, Mauston Police Chief Mike Zilisch said Noe is “very excited for the new position and responsibility… This is a new chapter for the Mauston Police Department K9 Program and we are looking forward to the future.”

The new K9 will be purchased in the first weeks of January 2018. Noe said the police department will likely get the new dog from the Steinig Tal Kennel, where Kantor was from.

Chief Zilish said the purchase was possible because of donations from the community over the years Kantor was in service. “I would like to again thank the community for all the donations over the years which has allowed us this opportunity to replace K9 Kantor at no cost to the City of Mauston tax payers,” Zilisch said. Police K9’s can cost up to about $20,000.

K9 units are not confined to the immediate area they serve, they often assist other law enforcement agencies when requested.

Noe said being a K9 officer was both a life and career goal. “It was a way to kind of expand my horizon,” Noe said.

Zilisch plans to continue fundraising over the course of the new K9’s career so the program can be continued after the K9 eventually retires.

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