As the York Area Regional Police Department is in the midst of raising money for a new police dog, three kennel clubs are donating funds toward the effort during the Celtic Classic dog show.
The York Kennel Club, the Lancaster Kennel Club and the Delaware Kennel Club announced earlier this week the clubs will present a $1,500 donation to the department today during the dog Friday.
"We wanted to show our appreciation for the level of dedication and service the K9 provides to his human partner and the residents he serves day to day." said Carol Dotts, president of the York Kennel Club.
All told, it costs $13,000 for a dog. That includes initial training for the dog and its handler. Additional costs, such as food and veterinary bills, mount monthly.
The new dog will replace Brando, a German shepherd, police dog when he retires later this year at the age of 8.
Contributions: Brando's partner and handler, Officer Michael Sampere, said the department is well on its way to raising the money needed for a new dog.
Sampere is heading the fundraising efforts.
"At this point, we have almost $8,000 for the new K9," he said. "(We're) still working hard to raise more money."
The Red Lion Legion donated a large undisclosed sum, and other businesses and residents have donated toward the effort.
The department received one check from a person in California, Sampere said.
After articles about Brando appeared in local newspapers, one person dropped off a $1,000 check at the police station, said Chief Tom Gross.
A number of other residents have also popped by the station to contribute funds, he said.
Patton Veterinary Hospital is also collecting donations for the new dog. Donations can be dropped off at the hospital or mailed to Patton Veterinary Hospital, 425 E. Broadway, Red Lion, Pa 17356.
- Reach Greg Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org.