Sully County Drug Dog Dispute Continues
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Despite the donation of a certified drug dog for law enforcement purposes in Sully County, the Sully County commissioners have not accepted the donation, claiming that it would raise property taxes.
Sully County Deputy Sheriff Jordan Anderson offered to donate his dog to Sully County to serve as a certified drug dog back in March. Subsequently, the Sully County Commissioners passed a resolution saying that they do not support having a drug dog at this time.
The issue comes at a time where drugs are becoming an epidemic in the state. Drug crimes soared by over 12 percent in South Dakota in 2016 alone.
Sully County Sheriff Bill Stahl sought an opinion for the drug dog dilemma from Attorney General Marty Jackley.
Stahl says that Jackley found that he needs commission approval for a drug dog...
Sully County Commission Chairman Jerry Richards, when reached for comment by KCCR News, stated that all legal questions go through Sully County States Attorney Emily Sovell. Sovell did not return a call requesting comment Monday.
Stahl adds that the commissioners feel that it’s the responsibility of the South Dakota Highway Patrol to use a drug dog on the county highways...
Stahl says that he is not sure at this point if he is going to push further for the drug dog. He adds “I don’t want to lose a deputy over this issue.”
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