Leelanau County has a new K9 officer on staff. His name is Nico an and he’s partnered up with handler Deputy Greg Hornkohl. Thanks to a grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Leelanau County was able to purchase a dual purpose narcotic detection and tracking/patrol dog. Once the county grant was received, they made contact with Mike Morgan at Mid-Michigan Kennels in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Leelanau County was able to request the kind of dog they wanted, which was selected by Morgan from a Kennel in Poland.
Hornkohl and Nico graduated from the Mid-Michigan Kennels K9 handler school on Dec. 6 2013 and Nico was immediately put into service for the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE – MAY 3, 2014:
Nico is not the first police dog in Leelanau County. Actually, prior to the late 1970’s, the Sheriff’s Office had three police dogs that worked with various deputies, the last being teamed with Deputy Ed Eckerle. Before that, Deputy George Bumgardner and Deputy Bob Russell had dogs. Their current K9 “Nico” is the first European bred and trained K9 owned by the County that they know of.