Local Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Kubowitz is planning several fundraising events in an attempt to bring a K-9 to south Siskiyou County.

Local Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Kubowitz is planning several fundraising events in an attempt to bring a K-9 to south Siskiyou County.

With the economic downturn adversely affecting the county’s finances, no money is available in the budget for the K-9 program to acquire a new dog. With two of the department’s three dogs retiring soon, Kubowitz hopes to raise the $25,000 necessary to replace one of the retirees on his own.

A K-9 golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, at the McCloud Golf Club, and tickets are being sold for a wood raffle fundraiser, with three winners to be drawn May 29.

Last week, officers and their K-9s from around the north state gathered at College of the Siskiyous for their monthly maintenance training.

“K-9s are tremendously valuable in locating not just narcotics but also missing persons through Search and Rescue,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Pipkin, who recently began working with Caro, a two year old Black German Shepard.

“K-9s also have a psychological effect, and as a result, can be a deterrent to criminal activity,” Kubowitz added. “There is a tremendous savings in man-hours when K-9s are used. Dogs offer significant advantages by being more efficient and quicker at finding subjects without seeing or hearing them, and they are trained to protect their handler and other officers who are nearby when needed.”

K-9s from Siskiyou, Shasta and Lake counties, as well as the city of Chico and the US Forest Service were practicing their skills, jumping through windows, clearing large multi-level buildings and locating “criminals” who were hiding inside.

“It can take a four-man team an hour to clear a building like this, and a dog can do it in five minutes,” said Doug Kelley, a trainer and representative of Adlerhorst International who supplies law enforcement with their dogs. “Their sense of smell is one million times better than that of humans.

“For many cities, it’s a money and time savings issue... having a K-9 means having an extra man on the street,” Kelley said.
Kubowitz explained that when an officer first gets their dog, they must attend six weeks of specialized training in Riverside, Calif., where they learn the basics of handling a K-9. This is part of the $25,000 initial investment.

Dogs come completely titled and trained, however, training and equipment is $3,500 annually, not including the dog’s veterinary expenses. Though K-9s are an expense, said Kubowitz.

Pipkin said that working with Caro has been a wonderful experience. Having been trained in Czech Republic, Caro responds to commands in Czech.

Each day, even on his days off, Pipkin spends an average of two hours with Caro, practicing skills and building their relationship.

“He’s been a great fit,” Pipkin said. “He’s been on the street for two months now.”

Kubowitz hopes to accomplish the same thing with a new dog, to which he is completely willing to commit his time and effort.

Registration for the first annual K-9 Golf Tournament, with a four man scramble format on Saturday, May 15 will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the McCloud Golf Club, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

The cost of the event is $50, which includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and various awards and prizes for a Closest to the Pin Challenge and a Longest Drive contest.

Lunch will be catered by Floyd’s Grill and the McCloud Club House, consisting of a tri-tip sandwich and potato salad, and will be served after the tournament.

The awards presentation after the tournament at the Club House will recognize the first, second and third place teams, as well as the Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive winners.

Due to the limited number of golf carts provided by the McCloud Golf Course, participants should call Craig at 964-2535 to reserve a golf cart. There is an additional chart of $22 for the golf cart rental, however, if you own your own cart, you are allowed to bring it for an additional charge of $7.

The cut-off date for golf reservations is Friday, May 7. To register, or for more information, contact Kubowitz at (530) 598-4208 or email sam.kubowitz@ sisqjustice.ca.us.

You can also contact Kubowitz to purchase tickets for the wood raffle at $10 per ticket. The drawing will take place on Saturday, May 29 at noon at the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department sub-station in Mount Shasta. Three winners will be drawn, and each winner will receive one cord of lodgepole, split and delivered (within Siskiyou County limits.)

You need not be present to win, Kubowitz said.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation for the continuance of the county’s K-9 program, mail checks to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Program, 305 Butte Street, Yreka, Calif., 96097. Checks should be payable to the Siskiyou County K-9
Program.