The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office has begun its transition to a new K-9.
In a media release, Sheriff Dan Marx noted that the unit’s current K-9, McCoy, is “reaching an age where he is nearing the sunset of his career as a service dog” and will be replaced by Rooster, a one-year-old Belgian Malinois specially bred for police service work. Rooster is a dual-purpose patrol dog, including tracking, narcotics, handler protection and suspect apprehension.
Rooster’s new partner and handler is Deputy Logan Hopp, a New Hampton native and graduate who joined the sheriff’s office last month after three years with the Decorah Police Department. Hopp and Rooster are working with Lieutenant Steve Nesvik and K9 McCoy through 2022 during the transition to McCoy’s retirement. At the end of the transition period K9 Deputy McCoy will retire from service. McCoy will continue to reside with the Nesvik family.
Marx says the sheriff’s office has maintained a strong K9 deputy tradition starting with former K9 Deputy Ricky. He added, “This has only been possible due to the continued generous support of citizens, businesses, and organizations in the area.”