- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) - 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 Daily Times Leader reports (https://bit.ly/1LVsRgG) 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.

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.

Scott says 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.

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