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Partnerships and Community give support to K9 Team‏
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott announced today that once again a citizen, a non-profit organization and a corporation have joined forces to make Richland County a safer place to live, work and play.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that time and again we see citizens developing ideas or being proactive in finding better ways for the Sheriff’s Department to operate. The Sheriff stated that often these ideas make us more effective, while also making us efficient, without spending tax payer dollars.

Sheriff Leon Lott was proud to announce, during a press conference today, that local community activist Elaine Gillespie had a vision to partner the Animal Mission and Natural Balance Dog Food together with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department – all in an effort to provide quality dog food to the K9 Deputies who serve our communities with distinction and honor every day.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that our K9 Teams work 24/7 to locate missing persons, eradicate drugs from our communities and apprehend fugitives from justice. Sheriff Leon Lott added that the K9 Teams are exposed to high stress, high intensity situations every day which are both physically and emotionally demanding (for the dog and handler). The Sheriff stated that the dogs require a quality, often expensive diet, to maintain their high work rate. The new partnership created by Elaine will support the K9s need to maintain a superior level of operational readiness. The financial support and generosity of the Animal Mission will allow the Department to purchase enough food to maintain the individual health of each K9. The generosity of Natural Balance will allow the Department to purchase a large quantity of food at an extremely reduced rate. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that both of these organizations are to be commended for their commitment to improving the quality of life for our citizens.

“The Animal Mission is happy to help feed these amazing service dogs. They are working everyday, supporting the Sherriff’s Department and protecting us. They deserve the best and that is exactly what Natural Balance will provide,” said Jim Sonefeld, Animal Mission board president.

“These hard-working service dogs deserve the highest quality nutritian available and Natural Balance is the industry leader in premium food. We are proud to help provide the Richland County Sheriff’s Department with food for these dogs, “ said Mark Gumola, Natural Balance Assistant Operations Manager East Coast Distribution Center.

Sheriff Leon Lott is excited about this new partnership and adds that together we are Building Unity in the Community through Professionalism, Passion, Vision and Commitment – making Richland County a great place to live work and play.

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