Sheriff's Office welcomes K-9 Wesson

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Sheriff's Office • 100 North Fifth Avenue West • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2340 •

Ross Litman

Date: December 7, 2017

Media Contact: Dana Kazel, Communications Manager

Sheriff's Office welcomes newest member - a German Shepherd

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office has welcomed it's newest member, an 18-month old German Shepherd from the Czech Republic. K-9 Wesson is a dual purpose K-9, trained in narcotics detection, as well as search and apprehension. He is partnered with Deputy Ryan Smith, and is expected to work mainly in the northern part of the County

Representatives from the media are invited to meet K-9 Wesson and Deputy Smith, and see a demonstration of their skills, at a news conference Friday, December 8, at 11 a.m. at the St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center in Pike Lake. 

K-9 Wesson completed a 12-week training program last month and is now certified to work patrol. He is one of four K-9s now working for the Sheriff's Office, and his addition brings the department's K-9 program back to full strength.

The AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation contributed $7,500 to help with the costs of purchasing and training K-9 Wesson. Donations to the Foundation are always welcome and can be made online at

K-9 Wesson
St. Louis County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Smith and K-9 Wesson are the newest K-9 team to serve the County. K-9 Wesson is a dual purpose dog, trained in search and apprehension, and narcotics detection.