McMechen Pet Salon, Marshall County Deputies Team for ‘Parole a Pooch’ Fundraiser

Photo by Alan Olson Deputy Nate Klempa of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 partner Spartan search a vehicle for catnip as they prepare for the “Parole a Pooch” fundraiser at Happy Tails Pet Salon in McMechen.

The Happy Tails Pet Salon in McMechen announced a fundraiser in an unusual way this week, with Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies on hand to help introduce the Parole a Pooch program.

Deputy Nate Klempa, with his partner, K-9 Spartan, pulled over and frisked two stuffed dogs, Dague and Seymour, for possession of catnip in front of the salon, kicking off the program.

Parole a Pooch is a fundraiser in which owners may bring their pets to pose as prisoners seeking parole, with any donated cash contributed to the Marshall County K-9 unit. Despite the name, cats are admitted as well.

The fundraiser will conclude with a steak fry April 7, where the pets will be brought for a parolee’s ball at the Marshall County Fairgrounds before the 5 p.m. steak fry, where any money raised will also be donated.

Owner Terri Lindsey said she hopes to attract at least 30 pets for the fundraiser, a goal achieved in the past.

“Anybody can do it, as long as their pet is up to date on their shots,” she said. “I’ve had people want to do their cats, and that’s fine too.”

“Law enforcement, period, has a special place in our hearts, and Spartan, being a giant schnauzer — we get the honor of grooming and bathing him. He’s kind of special.”

Marshall County Chief Deputy Bill Helms said the money donated will be allocated strictly to the K9 unit, and cannot be used for anything else in the department.

“In turn, those funds can never be taken out. Everything goes solely back to the dogs. It’s really nice that she does this out of the kindness of our heart,” he said.

To sign up, pet owners may contact Happy Tails at 304-233-2740.

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