Onalaska Police Department K9 unit receives community donation

A community organization is reaching out to help a four-legged friend of the Onalaska Police Department.

The Barre Mills Co-Ed Lions Club presented a $250 check to the department Saturday, to help pay for food and a kennel for its K9, Czak.

Czak has been helping keep drugs off the city streets for about four years.

Czak works and lives with his owner, Officer Dan McCluskey of the Onalaska Police Department.

McCluskey said he’s grateful for the community’s generosity.

“It’s rather humbling to see the response in the community and the support that I’ve received from family and friends and people in the community that I didn’t even know, who have reached out and contacted the police department wanting to know if they can lend support to me and my family,” said McCluskey.

The donation comes at a time when the McCluskey family is working to rebuild after a fire in July destroyed their home.

McCluskey’s wife was also diagnosed with breast cancer April and his son is currently waiting for a kidney transplant.

The Club’s said it was just the right thing to do.

“The K9, that’s his life,” said Schwaegerl. “He’s a police dog. He doesn’t know what the bills are. “That’s his life. He’s volunteering his time to help others and so that’s what we do at the Lions Club. We volunteer our time to help others.”

The Barre Mills Co-Ed Lions Club also donated $200 to another dog — Peach and her handler, Tim Devine of Holmen. Together, they volunteer their time searching for missing children, hikers or people running from the police.