Gun Lake Casino Donates $10,000 to Allegan County Sheriff’s Dept. for New K-9

Gun Lake Casino K9 donation
L-R: Sal Semola, GLC CEO; Sheriff Frank Baker; Deputy Tyler Jackson; and Jaxx.

WAYLAND, MI – Gun Lake Casino (GLC) presented a check for $10,000 to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD) for the purchase of a new K-9 named Jaxx. Members of the ACSD were welcomed to Gun Lake Casino where they received the check and made comments about the longstanding relationship with GLC and the Gun Lake Tribe.

“We thank Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker and his outstanding deputies for the tremendous partnership we have enjoyed for many years,” said Jose Flores, Sr. Vice President and General Manager. “We are happy to present this donation in support of the department’s steadfast dedication to keeping our community safe with the help of another K-9.

Jaxx is a three-year-old Belgian Malinois from the Netherlands. He was recently trained for duty at Magnum K9 by Scott LaRoe. Deputy Tyler Jackson, who has four years of experience with the sheriff’s department, will work with his first K-9 partner, Jaxx, as his handler.

This is the third time Gun Lake Casino and/or Gun Lake Tribe has stepped up to support the ACSD K-9 unit. In 2011, GLC and the tribe donated funds for the purchase of “Medo,” who had a distinguished career that included finding a missing two-year-old child with the help of his handler Ben Haas. Again in 2017, GLC donated $15,000 for the purchase of a K-9 after the department lost two dogs that year to retirement.

“On behalf of the department, I want to sincerely thank the casino for the continued support for our K-9 unit over the years,” said Sheriff Frank Baker. “The K-9 unit is of great benefit to the entire community through detection and confiscation of dangerous illicit drugs, locating lost children, apprehension of criminals, and much more.”