Murray said the K-9 unit also helps prevent other crimes in the community through their efforts.
“You can trace crimes back to drugs,” Murray said. “We’re cutting the head off the snake.”
Deputy Lustig said the dogs have made a major difference in the community.
The office also relies on the support of local business for the care of the dogs.
“We’d like to thank the county and local businesses, especially Brix Veterinarian Service in Shelbyville and Mars Petcare of Mattoon,” Lustig said.
Sheriff Miller said the dogs were an investment that benefits the entire area.
“They are a benefit for everyone of Shelby County, excluding criminals,” Miller said.