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Charlottesville Police Fundraising for New K-9 Unit Dog

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The Charlottesville Police Department is in need of a new K-9 dog to use in investigations. The department used to have two K-9s, but one has retired.

The private funding arm of the department - the Charlottesville Police Foundation - says it's only one-third of the way to the goal. The foundation wants to raise $12,000. That money will pay for the animal and training for both the dog and its officer companion.  

"But the other side of it too is it is a working partner with that officer at all times when he or she are in the field and it's just another tool that we have to get the job done and do the best for our community," said Lt. Ronnie Roberts of the Charlottesville Police Department.

Police use a K-9 to track suspects, drugs and evidence. They're used for crowd control and to search for missing people.

To help the police department make the purchase, click here.

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