DENTON, N.C. -- Officer Roxye Marshall has been performing rescue and recovery for the past fifteen years. Her K-9 partner, Dina, is a major contributor to the team’s success finding drowning victims.
For the next week, this pair will be at the Denton Farm Park for the Country Christmas Train, hoping to meet new friends and provide a festive set with Dina for pictures. While no donations are required, they are hoping to eventually raise enough money to replace a 40-year-old engine on their search boat. Right now, it is a two-stroke engine that sometimes produces smoke, inhibiting Dina’s ability to smell. They need a four-stroke engine with at least 90 horsepower.
Marshall and K-9 Dina are part of the NC Task Force 5 K-9 unit, a non-profit, all-volunteer group that will go anywhere, anytime to help. They rely on a modest stipend from the City of Thomasville and Davidson County, but that money only covers a few months of basic expenses. Donations keep the operation going and volunteers frequently pay out-of-pocket to cover training, maintenance, gas and veterinary costs for their K-9 officers.
For more information on what this team does, click here.
Donations can be earmarked and mailed to:
NC Task Force 5, K-9 Unit
PO Box 934
Thomasville, NC 27361-0934