The Spencer County Council recently approved a $6,000 appropriation to the sheriff’s department that allows the department to purchase a second police dog.

The new dog would be a retriever-type dog that would be able to be used for help in detecting drugs as well as other police duties.

The money for the appropriation will come from the Spencer County Prosecutor’s law-enforcement fund as well as from prohibition user fees that the judge oversees.

Earlier this year, Ares, the previous K-9, fell ill and eventually passed away from the illness. Ares’ replacement has been purchased using $21,000 raised by the sheriff’s department and is currently completing police dog training in Evansville.

County council members questioned how the extra food and training for a second dog would be funded. Sheriff Kermitt Lindsey assured the council that the department’s comissary fund would cover those costs.

A new dog would likely serve the county for about ten years.