TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After the Vigo County K-9 was recently killed in an accident, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office was gifted funds to help them replace their fallen K-9.

Duke Energy presented the Sheriff’s Office with a check for $15,000 help purchase another K-9 officer. Vigo County Sheriff’s detective and K-9 commander Larry Hopper says untrained dogs can cost anywhere from seven to $10,000 and to have Duke’s Energy’s support is amazing.

“It’s absolutely huge that Duke is stepping up and helping the sheriff’s office and as the commander of the K-9 unit for the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office, I can not say enough about Duke Energy and what they’re doing for us here today,” Detective Hopper said.

Duke Energy representatives say once they seen the need, the company wanted to step in and help anyway they could.

“We reach out and help the community as much as we can and they do the same in return,” Cole Eveland, Duke Energy customer delivery supervisor said. “Especially with the sheriff’s department or even the Terre Haute PD or any law enforcement in town. You know we both reach out to each other for each other’s support.”

Detective Hopper trains and certifies dogs and their handlers for not only Vigo County but surrounding counties as well. The sheriff’s office says K-9 units are important for different situations including finding suspects and drugs.

“Dogs are a force multiplier. You could be by yourself and in a really intense situation and you pop the door and you have the dog with you. It’s like have three deputies with you,” Detective Hopper said. “They really are a force multiplier.”

The sheriff’s office has found a new K-9 and he will begin his training soon.