Monday K-9 fundraiser brings in just over $3K

Published 10:40 am Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Austin Police Department got a helping hand from the community at a K-9 fundraiser Monday night.

The fundraiser brought in $3,079.01. Lt. Matt Holten said he was pleased with the turnout and the community has always been supportive of Austin’s K-9 program.

The K-9 program is currently in a transitional period. Former K-9 handler Eric Blust retired from the program and Officer Derek Ellis and K-9 Rudy took his place. Holten said he and Sonic are getting ready to retire from the program also, which could be as soon as September, so the department has been looking for a replacement.

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The K-9 dogs cost about $8,000 to $10,000, plus training costs and a bullet-proof dog vest too. The police department also has to provide housing for the dog at the handler’s home.

The remaining money will be saved in the K-9 Foundation and could possibly go toward another dog or future expenses, Holten said.