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Yesterday we told you about the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office’s initiation of a public fundraising effort to maintain the sustainability of its K-9 program.

On WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning, K-9 officer Deputy Brian Thompson talked about the value of the dogs to law enforcement and the public.

“Jay, my past partner, protected my life I can say at least six times,” he said. “Pharaoh has protected me from serious injury at least twice now and other officers from serious injury. The finding of the child, the finding of a parent or grandparent that’s lost in the woods that no one else would find, I don’t think you can put a worth on that.”

Thompson has been working with 11-year-old Pharaoh since November 2010. Pharaoh is retiring from police work at the end of the year to Thompson’s care. Thompson is also relinquishing his K-9 duties at the start of 2014.

The Office will be selecting a new officer and a new police dog which costs between $5-8,000 plus other K-9 related expenses such as training, food, veterinary services, and training equipment.

The K-9 team is used for search-and-suspect apprehension, locating missing persons, contraband and drug searches, tactical tracking, evidence recovery, patrol, and more. 

Here's more information on making a tax-deductible donation to the sheriff office's K-9 fund.

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