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Albemarle Police K-9 Fund Receives Large Donation

Posted: Updated: Dec 20, 2012 05:47 PM EST

Albemarle County police will have the money they need to add to their K-9 Corps thanks to a donation announced Thursday afternoon. The end goal: make the streets safer for everyone.

The Dalai Lama's visit to Charlottesville brought the city some extra revenue. Now, that money is being distributed and the Albemarle Police Foundation's K-9 fund is one of the lucky recipients. The city of Charlottesville and American Heritage Voices Foundation presented a $4,000 check to the fund.

The K-9 fund receives no county or government funding and relies solely on outside money. Right now the fund has 3 handlers and dogs in the unit. This gift will help support their needs and could provide funds for a new dog.

"It goes to support their care for the entire year, which is not funded by the operating budget. So for those of you out there who appreciate what the dogs do, whether it's sniffing for the Dalai Lama visit or chasing down the bad guys, you can know that that is actually funded by your fellow community members and not by the budget," said Chris Craytor, the president of the Albemarle County Police Foundation.

A total of 10 other organizations will also receive part of the extra money.

These dogs help serve not only Albemarle County, but also Charlottesville, Nelson, Fluvanna and Louisa counties. They primarily do search and rescue but also serve as bomb- and drug-sniffing dogs.

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