On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Dr. Jeff Hirsch, DVM, Surface Creek Veterinary Center, presented Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders with three checks totaling $535. According to Hirsch, the checks are donations to the Cedaredge Police Department's ongoing fundraiser to purchase a new police dog to replace K-9 Buddy.
K-9 Buddy, who is now blind and unable to fulfill all his duties, has been the only K-9 in Delta County for the past 7 years.
The donations came from proceeds and donations raised by the second annual Dog Jog and Fun Day that took place on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Cedaredge Town Park. The event is sponsored and organized by the Surface Creek Veterinary Center (SCVC), located at 17800 Hanson Road in Cedaredge.
This year's event included a jog loop, starting and ending at the park; an "Anyone Can Win" dog show; a costume contest; a frisbee catch contest; and other canine fun type events. This year the SCVC joined forces with Judy Leonard (Fido's Follies), who provided even more fun with a demonstration of dogs doing an agility course, a doggy maze and dogs doing a variety of tricks.
Sponsors included Starr's Guitars, Cedaredge Land Co., Stitchworks, Fido Follies and the SCVC.
According to Chief Sanders the donations increase the fund to $8,653, solely from contributions by area residents, private donors and area businesses. According to Sanders, $8,500 is needed to acquire a fully trained replacement dog (preferably a Dutch Malinois), and an additional $3,500 is needed for the required training of the handler.
In addition to their regular police duties — obedience, tracking, evidence/article search, officer protection, drug detection, apprehension and bite work — the handler and K9 officer participate in public relations and as ambassador to the schools and other local organizations. The new K-9 officer will also constitute the town's contribution to the 7th Judicial Drug Task Force and support for the Street Crimes Unit as needed. The 7th Judicial District includes Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
Chief Sanders told the DCI that, due to recent personnel changes, the acquisition of the new K-9 officer is on hold until after the first of the year, pending the screening, hiring and training of a new police officer, and screening of available K-9s. Sanders also noted that this will allow the officers and administrative staff of the police department time to adjust to the changes and "allow me time to get settled into the position of chief."
Chief Sanders concluded, "We are so blessed to have them (Dr. Jeff and Dr. Susie Hirsch) here."
Donations can be sent to the Cedaredge Police Department, PO Box 398, Cedaredge, CO 81413.blog comments powered by Disqus