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'We’re really blessed here in Mount Holly with community support' | Boy Scouts raising money for new Mount Holly K-9 course

Steven and Bobby Olsen plan to revamp Mount Holly's K-9 course with new hurdles and large search and rescue boxes.

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — Two Boy Scouts are raising money to build a new K-9 course for the Mount Holly Police Department.

Steven and Bobby Olsen are working on the project as part of their Eagle Scout project.

The money they raise will pay for six new hurdles and large boxes that are used to simulate search and rescue missions.

They also plan to buy two K-9 trauma kits, which will allow for each of the police department's K-9s to have a kit.

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"It’s definitely an experience that I probably couldn't replicate," Steven Olsen said. "Just hanging out with the police officers, getting to know them better."

Bobby Olsen added, "Officers [do] a good thing for the community."

Mount Holly Police Sergeant Austin Cox said an agility course is important for a K-9's stamina and obedience.

"The hurdles that we utilize, those simulate different obstacles that we may encounter in the field," Sgt. Cox said.

He said he's grateful working with the Olsen brothers because he and Hondo can only do basic exercises with the city's current agility course.

"It’s phenomenal. It's humbling," Sgt. Cox said. "We’re really blessed here in Mount Holly with community support." 

The Boy Scouts are raising money through a GoFundMe page, which can be viewed here. If they hit their fundraising goal, all additional money will be donated to the Mount Holly Police Foundation.

Contact Brandon Golder at bgoldner@wcnc.com and follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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