The Lebanon County Kennel Club recognized K-9 officers in their community this past July by donating to the Lebanon County Police Department’s K-9 officer fundraiser. The members of the kennel club presented a check for $5,000 to Mayor Sherry Capello at a Lebanon City Council meeting. The donation is a substantial step toward the police department’s goal of $35,000.
The funds being raised will be used to purchase a new dog to replace their former K-9 officer, Friday, who retired in May at the age of 10. This donation brings the total amount donated up to $16,000. The Lebanon Police Department will also use some of the funds raised to care for their existing K-9 officer, Axel.
"The Lebanon County Kennel Club provides assistance to the community through many avenues," said Vice President Terina Chernich. "We feel we could help the city in replacing retired K-9 Officer Friday who has played an integral part in the safety of the community."
The Lebanon County Kennel Club has been supporting the city’s K-9 division for more than 25 years. According to Chernich, the club’s contributions have helped the police department pay for at least one K-9 officer, as well as bulletproof vests for the dogs.
The funds for the donations come from the club’s annual AKC dog show, which will be held on September 23rd. The Lebanon County Kennel Club values working police dogs and the specific traits that these breeds encompass which contributes to their ability to protect the community in the line of duty.