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Update: Stark County deputies want back pay for meal breaks; canine officer wants compensation for caring for police dog

Eleven employees of the Stark County Sheriff's Office have demanded they be compensated for meal breaks and the officer who cares for the police dog wants compensation for taking care of the canine, according to a letter dated Sept. 22 and provided to The Dickinson Press Monday.

The letter, from a Fargo attorney, suggests a claim will be filed if there is no response by Wednesday.

The Stark County deputy who cares for the Sheriff's Office police dog wants about $11,000 in back pay for time spent caring for the dog.

The employees have not been paid for breaks even though the SCSO requires them to monitor radio traffic and respond to calls when needed, according to the letter.

See Tuesday's Dickinson Press for more on this story.