VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — People have donated more than $40,000 to the Vancouver police’s K-9 fund after its police dog was fatally stabbed during a confrontation.
The Columbian newspaper reports (http://goo.gl/ySUqDG) Vancouver police plan to buy a new dog to add to their force by spring.
Ike, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois who died last month, was answering a suspicious person call on Sept. 1 with Officer Jack Anderson. Jackie Karuo has been charged with a number of crimes, including harming a police dog.
A police dog can cost between $8,000 and $10,000. That doesn’t include training, veterinary and other expenses.
Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp says new police dogs require about 400 hours of training.
Most of the money raised came directly to the agency. Other donations came from fundraising efforts, including one led by Washougal Mayor Sean Guard and a KATU-TV telethon.
Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com