Police K-9 gets a new house just in time for winter


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette police K-9 has a new house, just in time for winter. It’s all thanks to an organization made up of former military K-9 handlers.

Joeri is a K-9 who works for the Lafayette Police Department and lives with his handler, Officer Lonnie Wilson.

“It’s my job, my responsibility to make sure his housing is up to par and he’s well taken care of in the cold temperatures and the warm temperatures, along with all the food and water he needs,” Wilson said.

But right now, his housing isn’t quite up to par and needs to be replaced.

“I knew his doghouse was not probably going to make it through the winter and we needed to get a new one,” Wilson said.

That’s where John Meeks with Chapter 3 of the United States War Dog Association came into the picture. The organization supports military dogs and works to educate the public about its service.

Meeks said his son, who is also a Lafayette police officer, came to him asking for help for Joeri.

Meeks said he didn’t hesitate to say yes because K-9s are something he’s passionate about. He was a handler in Vietnam.

“I personally know how much value these dogs really are. I wouldn’t be here today, if it wasn’t for the dog I had overseas many years ago,” Meeks said.

While Meeks has much to be grateful for, Joeri and Wilson are grateful for all his hard work.

“Very grateful, it’s going to be a nice dog house for him,” said Wilson.

It will be a nice doghouse, both inside and outside.

“It matches the siding to our house, so it will blend into our home and work really well at our house,” Wilson said.