SHARON TWP. — Four-year-old Rocky, a member of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, spent a sunny afternoon with handler Deputy Dave King for a fundraiser at High & Low Winery.
King said fundraisers like the K-9 and Wine events at High & Low mean a lot to the unit.
“We wouldn’t have our dogs if it
wasn’t for community support, so donations from the community really help us out. In fact, they are the ones that paid for our dogs,” King said, referring to Rocky and Hendrix.
Winery owner Matt Snyder said 2018 is the second year the winery has hosted fundraisers to benefit the canine unit.
He said the K-9 fundraising events at the winery last year were so successful that they decided to expand to three events for 2018.
“This is our third one of the season. We like to do it around the Labor Day, Memorial Day weekends, and we did one mid-July as well,” Snyder said of the events that allow dog owners to bring their canine companions to the winery’s patio.
Snyder said as of about 3 p.m., about 20 people had come to the winery at 588 Medina Road for the dog-friendly event.
Tickets could be purchased through the High & Low Winery Facebook page for $45, which covered four humans and one friendly dog. The price included a meat and cheese board and a bottle of wine. Tickets for additional dogs were $10 each.
“I have a lot of law enforcement family in my background, so we have this great space. Everyone loves dogs,” Snyder said. “It was one of those things like, who do we want to partner with and we just started talking to some different groups and kind of landed and partnered up with Medina County sheriff’s canine unit.”
It is a great program, he said.
“It is great to have their canine (Rocky) here. Just kind of a nice outreach for guests to see kind of the other side of what they do.”
King said the fundraisers have helped pay for the dogs’ upkeep and training.
“We have to pay for all of our vet bills, and the money that we have in our canine fund goes toward that,” King said. “Rocky has had some caps put on his teeth and some root canals done and routine at the vet.”
Chief Deputy Ken Baca said the sheriff’s office is fortunate to have such great community support for the K-9 program in Medina County.
“This is all supported by the community,” he said. “Events like this and the other events that (King) goes to, they are important to the unit.”
Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.