Wasilla community raises enough funds for new police dog
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — The Wasilla Police Department has raised enough money to get another police dog.
The department announced on Monday that crowdfunding efforts raised more than $56,000, KTUU-TV reported .
More than 60 percent of the money came from citizen donations, according to the department.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support and voice in this matter, and we’re excited to continue the tradition of a K9 Unit at Wasilla Police Department,” the department stated. “We appreciate the efforts of the general public, community leaders, business owners and local organizations, who helped us reach our goal.”
Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle previously said any excess funds raised will go toward the new dog’s future expenses.
The department will notify the public when a dog is selected. They will also get people involved when it comes time to name the dog.
“The training and travel required for the K9 is extensive and only available certain times of the year in the Lower 48,” the department stated.
The department’s previous police dog, Marshal, died in April after surgery revealed that he had an aggressive cancer.
Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com