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K9 shot in FDL is recovering | By Sheriff Ryan F. Waldschmidt

October 16, 2023 – Fond du Lac Co., WI – First, we’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to show support for our K9 and our deputies. The support has been overwhelming and is truly appreciated.

K9 remains in serious but stable condition after undergoing a lengthy surgery Sunday afternoon. He is by no means out of the woods, but he’s a young, healthy, strong dog and his team of specialists are doing everything they can to help him. He was awake and alert enough this morning to recognize his deputy handler, and he even got to spend a little time gnawing on his favorite toy (a tennis ball) before surgery.


The other hero of the day today is Dwyer, a yellow lab owned by one of the hospital veterinary technicians. Dwyer’s blood type was a match to our deputy K9, and the vet tech and Dwyer wanted to donate his blood to help our K9 through this. The transfusion worked, and blood counts rose to levels needed to undergo this important surgery.

The pictures with this post include our deputy K9 with his tennis ball before surgery, as well as Dwyer hanging out with us and receiving some loving from our K9 handler during surgery.

Lastly, we have received numerous questions about how to donate to our K9 program to help cover the cost of medical bills, follow up services, and to support our other K9 teams. Your Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office K9 program is 100% donor funded. If you would like to donate to support these teams, you can write a check to “FDL Sheriff K9 Program” and mail to:

FDL Sheriff K9 Program
PO Box 1273
Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1273

Additionally, if you prefer to donate in person with a check or by credit card, donations can be processed at our lobby window at 180 South Macy Street, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm, or over the phone by calling 920-929-3372.

We will continue to provide future updates on our deputy K9, and again, we are truly humbled by all the support. We can’t say “THANK YOU” enough.

Sheriff Ryan F. Waldschmidt

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