Rock-a-Thon to raise money for police dog

SWARTZ CREEK — The GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club is sponsoring Rock-A-Thon, a local event to raise money for the support of the police dog, Ike, who belongs to the Swartz Creek Police Department.

The event will feature the Women’s Club members rocking continuously in rocking chairs in downtown Swartz Creek on July 21.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m. The club is currently seeking business sponsorship and individual pledges in support of their cause.

“With the economy the way it is, we try to help out as much as we can,” said Boots Abrams, a member and incoming president of the GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club. “Anything people can donate will be wonderful.”

The fundraiser will see 30 members of the Women’s Club sharing the rocking duties in 5-10 rocking chairs. The money raised will go towards the cost of caring for Ike, including veterinary bils, dog handling fees, equipment, and other necessary costs for the care of the animal.

The Women’s Club has raised money for Ike in the past and hopes this fundraiser will assist the police department.

“There is a need for him in the community,” Abrams said. “We hope this helps the city augment the cost because times are hard and we want to keep him.”

Ike has been with the police department since 2007 and is cross-trained in narcotics, tracking, and biting. Therefore, the dog is often used to track suspects and missing people and to conduct drug searches of people, schools and buildings, as well as assist in the apprehension of suspects.

“The dog is a major asset to the police department and the community. It is one of the best dogs in the county,” said Rick Clolinger, police chief of the Swartz Creek Police Department. “Ike is a mild mannered, gentle dog, but can be aggressive, too, when it comes to work. “

Ike is on duty about 40 hours per week with it’s dog handler, Swartz Creek police officer Nick Paul.

“The dog has been a good fit,” Clolinger said.

If anyone is interested in becoming a business sponsor or making an individual pledge at the fundraiser, they should contact Abrams at 810-635-9224.

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