People in the Surface Creek community and beyond have stepped up offering help to the Cedaredge Police Department's campaign to raise funds for a department K-9 police dog to replace Buddy, who will retire soon due to a congenital eye ailment causing blindness.
At the Cedaredge Town Board's Aug. 15 meeting, Police Chief Robert Yant reported that over $3,000 had come in to the Buddy fund.
"It is going very well," the chief said of the campaign which is only about four weeks old.
Chief Yant reported that a check for $100 had come in from a woman in Nebraska, a former Cedaredge resident. She learned about Buddy and the new K-9 campaign because she still subscribes to the newspaper, the chief said.
The department is already looking forward to reaching the fundraising goal, hopefully within a couple of months. A grant of at least $5,000 is available if the community can match that amount, or more.
Sergeant Dan Sanders has been in talks with breeders and trainers about available animals. One breeder has been found who offers a five-year warranty and a replacement guarantee if their dog for some reason stops performing. The trainer has a good local reference from the Grand Junction Police Department which is being checked out, Chief Yant said.
"Having a dog in the department adds protection" to the community. "It's a big deterrent," the chief said. Buddy has been a service to everyone in the valley, and beyond, he added.
Sergeant Sanders is looking at German Shepherds, the same breed as Buddy, and also at the Malinois breed, a cross between the German and Belgian Shepherd that is far less susceptible to the physical problems that affect the German Shepherd.
The police department has set up donation jars around town.blog comments powered by Disqus