County establishes K-9 unit fund

Josh Presley
News Reporter

The Clay County Sheriff's Department has been without a drug dog since the summer of 2014, but looks to acquire a new one soon. The county Board of Supervisors voted to establish a fund to accept donations for a K-9 unit at its meeting Thursday.
Sheriff Eddie Scott said the department had been focusing on drug trafficking recently, for which he said a K-9 unit was crucial.
"We've got drugs moving through our community and a dog will be an important tool in weeding it out," Scott said. "Right now the only access we have to a K-9 is from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and they only have two available."
He said the department already had a K-9 officer and that, in addition to drug tracking, the dog would also be used to locate missing person in the county.
According to Scott, it would cost about $10,000 to purchase a drug dog, but that some local business owners and community members had agreed to pitch in.